Yoga props are the ultimate way to deepen your practice, allowing you to fully embrace a variety of postures and feel amazing getting there! There is an unfortunate stigma surrounding yoga props as being aids that detract from one's practice. We are here to prove otherwise and show how amazing the addition of props can be to your time spent on your mat at all of your yoga classes, no matter what level you are at.
What are Yoga Props?
Yoga props are physical aids that help yoga students find ways into poses that otherwise might not be attainable. We use yoga props to bring the floor closer to us, to help us stretch and lengthen and to offer support. Let's take a look at some of the yoga props that we love to use as we practice and teach yoga in South Jersey.
Blankets are wonderful props to have on hand for any yoga class. They are perfect to cushion the knees while in tabletop pose or any position where there is pressure on the knees. When sitting in Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose), it can feel wonderful to place a folded blanket under your seat so you are sitting directly on the fold of the blanket. This simple addition of a prop will allow your pelvis to slightly tilt, allowing you to sink deeper into this hip opener. They can also be used to keep you warm during Savasana (corpse pose).
Nylon or cotton yoga straps help us to reach a little further without compromising our form. Reaching over in Janu Sirsasana (head to knee pose) can be made more accessible by looping a strap around the ball of the foot and stretching forward.
Blocks (rectangular props made of cork, wood or foam) help yogis lengthen their reach to help them find their way into poses such as Trikonasana (triangle pose) and Uttanasana (standing forward fold.) When we want to avoid the hands from dangling in a pose, simply place a block underneath and rest the hands on top, bringing you closer to a straight spine. Blocks have 3 heights and can be easily adjusted to find your perfect match.
Get Started at Yoga House!
Remember that you do not need an instructor's permission or invitation to use a yoga prop. Use them any and every time it feels right to you. We'd love to see you at our Yoga House in South Jersey. We pride ourselves on high quality yoga classes with instructors who are knowledgeable, caring and ready to help teach you more about using props in your yoga practice!