Props in yoga, one thing I feel numerous us have a chequered previous with. We will all be sincere sufficient to say that once we could have seen props as an indication of weak spot or an indication of not having the ability to do one thing “proper”.

Actually they’re there to boost your follow, not take away from it. Whether or not that be supporting your rest or making a pose snug in your physique. 

So what are the most typical props in yoga and why ought to we use them?

Blocks

In all probability the most typical prop and the one which most studios and gymnasiums have at hand. Blocks range in measurement from an inch thick and broad sufficient to sit down on to increased and narrower.

They’re a flexible prop and can be utilized to create further peak within the physique, assist steadiness, activate sure muscle groups or assist a extra relaxed restorative place.

Assist comes typically once we are sat on them or utilizing them to assist balancing postures whereas activation is once we deliver a bit resistance in opposition to the block. By utilizing the blocks in both of those we will problem the physique in a manner that in any other case it might not be capable of obtain.

Some inspiration for you:

  Attempt popping between the knees in Boat pose to fireside these deep core muscle groups

  Take a propped model of Bridge pose by resting the sacrum onto a pile of blocks

  Discover your steadiness in Half Moon by resting the underside hand onto a block, that means you’ll be able to concentrate on that rotation of your torso

  Increase your seat in seated postures to make twists, folds and meditation extra snug

Straps

After blocks and bricks yoga straps are the prop you’re most definitely to return throughout in a studio or fitness center. Should you follow from dwelling they’re additionally fairly low cost and simple to retailer. No falling over props with this one.

Yoga straps can range however they are usually a 1.5m-2m piece of cotton webbing with d-rings at one finish. They’ve many makes use of, from making it simpler to achieve your ft, to supporting a launch within the hips for a restorative place, serving to construct power or encouraging the physique to chill out.

A strap, with its changeable size and makes use of is an ideal prop to assist us to recollect and treasure the journey into your follow. It will probably assist to remove that bodily and psychological greedy of the pose that we so typically slip into.

Some inspiration for you:

  • Lengthen your arms by hooking a strap across the ball of your foot in a supine hamstring stretch. The strap means you’ll be able to hold the shoulders relaxed whereas nonetheless straightening the lifted leg
  • Open the chest and shoulders by holding reverse ends of the strap and step by step drawing the arms as much as the ceiling and behind the top, flossing the shoulder joint
  • Assist the hips in reclined Baddha Konasana by making a loop between the decrease again and the ft, holding the ft in place if you come to relaxation

Yoga Bolsters

Yoga bolsters are sometimes seen round at studios or are supplied for savasana however are you uncertain what to make use of them for?

A yoga bolster is a cylindrical cushion which is used to assist the physique in poses typically of a extra restorative nature. They range in filling from hole fibre softer bolsters to extra mouldable buckwheat fillings. Regardless of the filling they can be utilized in each seated and reclined postures to allow the physique to chill out or assist the physique to make a posture extra snug. When lifting the hips bolsters can assist the decrease again. When used to deliver the ground a bit nearer they assist assist the physique in stretches. It’s additionally good for practices resembling being pregnant yoga or extra damage centered rehabilitation to restrict the vary of mobility within the physique.

Some inspiration for you:

  • Attempt placing a bolster underneath your knees in Savasana to assist the decrease again launch
  • Deliver some assist to Youngster’s pose by laying the torso down onto a bolster nestled between the knees
  • Relaxation the forearms in Lizard to deliver the ground a bit nearer to you

Eye Pillows

An eye fixed pillow is basically a small bag full of seeds so as to add some weight to your eyes in rest. These fillings imply they will mould to the form of your face, utterly blocking out gentle and offering relaxation. Eye pillows are typically scented with lavender however others are unscented to make use of your individual important oils with.

The plain manner to make use of an eye fixed pillow is in rest on the finish of sophistication. It’s the proper method to block out any gentle and the weighting begins to let your physique know to chill out.

Some extra inspiration for utilizing eye pillows:

  • Attempt weighting postures with them, the decrease again in baby’s pose or pop on the palms of the palms in savasana
  • Alleviate some stress on the wrists within the downward canine by popping the heel of the hand onto an eye fixed pillow to raise the wrist and reduce the diploma of the bend

 What to make use of in case you don’t have props?

Props are a stunning factor to spend money on in your follow however for lots of us that isn’t sensible financially or house clever. However excellent news, you’ll be able to DIY most of those props from issues you have already got in the home. 

Yoga blocks – Relying on what you might be being requested to make use of it for you possibly can all the time substitute for a thick e-book (suppose a dictionary or Harry Potter)

Yoga straps – A dressing robe tie/scarf would do the job in most postures.

Yoga Bolsters – They’ll typically be substituted with a rolled quilt and even a few pillows out of your mattress folded and wrapped in a blanket.

Eye Pillows – A folded scarf or blanket is ideal to put throughout the eyes in savasana to create that pretty weighted feeling.

Georgie is a British yoga instructor and founding father of the yoga enterprise Yogipod which brings collectively her love of textiles, yoga and journey. Beforehand working within the style trade Georgie now divides her time between stitching hand block printed textiles into yoga bolster covers and different props and guiding individuals to discover and play of their yoga follow. She believes that yoga actually is a follow for all and hopes to empower college students to have the arrogance to maneuver and hook up with their our bodies.

Observe Georgie on Instagram and take a look at her work on Yogi Pod web site.

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