Let’s Speak About Props in Your Yoga Apply

Props in yoga, one thing I feel plenty of us have a chequered previous with. We will all be trustworthy sufficient to say that after we might have seen props as an indication of weak point or an indication of not with the ability to do one thing “proper”.

Actually they’re there to boost your apply, not take away from it. Whether or not that be supporting your leisure or making a pose comfy to your physique. 

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

Blocks

Most likely the most typical prop and the one which most studios and gymnasiums have handy. Blocks fluctuate in measurement from an inch thick and broad sufficient to take a seat on to larger and narrower.

They’re a flexible prop and can be utilized to create additional top within the physique, assist steadiness, activate sure muscle tissues or help a extra relaxed restorative place.

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

Some inspiration for you:

  Strive popping between the knees in Boat pose to fireplace these deep core muscle tissues

  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, which means you’ll be able to deal with that rotation of your torso

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

Straps

After blocks and bricks yoga straps are the prop you’re almost certainly to come back throughout in a studio or gymnasium. In the event you apply from residence they’re additionally fairly low cost and simple to retailer. No falling over props with this one.

Yoga straps can fluctuate 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 succeed in your ft, to supporting a launch within the hips for a restorative place, serving to construct power or encouraging the physique to loosen up.

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 apply. It will possibly 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 preserve the shoulders relaxed whereas nonetheless straightening the lifted leg
  • Open the chest and shoulders by holding reverse ends of the strap and regularly 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 help the physique in poses typically of a extra restorative nature. They fluctuate 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 loosen up or help the physique to make a posture extra comfy. When lifting the hips bolsters will help the decrease again. When used to deliver the ground a bit nearer they assist help the physique in stretches. It’s additionally good for practices equivalent to being pregnant yoga or extra damage centered rehabilitation to restrict the vary of mobility within the physique.

Some inspiration for you:

  • Strive placing a bolster below your knees in Savasana to assist the decrease again launch
  • Carry some help to Little one’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

A watch pillow is basically a small bag full of seeds so as to add some weight to your eyes in leisure. These fillings imply they will mould to the form of your face, fully blocking out mild 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 means to make use of an eye fixed pillow is in leisure on the finish of sophistication. It’s the proper approach to block out any mild and the weighting begins to let your physique know to loosen up.

Some extra inspiration for utilizing eye pillows:

  • Strive weighting postures with them, the decrease again in baby’s pose or pop on the palms of the fingers 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 should you don’t have props?

Props are a stunning factor to put money into to your apply however for lots of us that isn’t sensible financially or house sensible. 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’re being requested to make use of it for you would 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 will 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 Davis

Georgie is a British yoga trainer and founding father of the yoga enterprise Yogipod which brings collectively her love of textiles, yoga and journey. Beforehand working within the vogue business 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 apply. She believes that yoga actually is a apply for all and hopes to empower college students to have the arrogance to maneuver and hook up with their our bodies.

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