Yoga props are tools you can use to customize your yoga practice. They can add support, stability, resistance, the opportunity for creativity, and access. They can also allow you to experiment with different movements in yoga poses. This is a brief introduction to the yoga props you will need to practice yoga.
I. What are Yoga Props?
Yoga props are supportive objects used in performing an asana or yoga poses. Using yoga props is great to practice yoga poses that a beginner may find difficult to perform or for those with less flexibility and balance. Yoga props also help one remain still in a pose for a longer length of time.
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II. Yoga Props: What You Need to Practice Yoga?
1. Yoga Props #1: Yoga mats
Although a standard yoga mat is 24 inches by 68 inches, you have other options: a longer or wider mat, a stickier mat to prevent slipping, or a thick mat for additional cushioning. If you plan to practice regularly, invest in a high-quality yoga mat.
2. Yoga Props #2: Blocks
Blocks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures, and they provide weight, structure, and stability. They’re helpful for many different poses. Have a few different kinds handy to help you customize your practice.
3. Yoga Props #3: bolsters
Like blocks, bolsters also come in different sizes, shapes, and textures, but they’re softer than blocks and provide better support. Find one that feels comfortable when you hug it to your chest.
4. Yoga Props #4: Blankets
A yoga blanket provides better customization and support than a towel. Find one with some weight to it—like ones that are a mix of wool and polyester or Mexican blankets—to allow for extended wear.
5. Yoga Props #5: Straps
Buy a strap that’s at least 10 feet long and has the metal D-rings to allow you to adjust the length as needed. Straps that are too long can be difficult to use. If you find that a strap is hard to hold, you can also use a belt, necktie, dog leash, sash, or scarf.
6. Yoga Props #6: Wall
This is the easiest prop because you can find a wall anywhere. A wall offers accessibility, stabilization, and resistance—and can even aid in relaxation. Use one with plenty of nearby floor space.
7. Yoga Props #7: Chair
If you have limited mobility or flexibility, a chair has especially good versatility. A chair can help you stand or offer support for extended periods. A chair can also help you defy gravity by making it easier to go upside down. A simple chair with just a seat and a back is best for yoga practice.
8. Yoga Props #8: Clothes
You should wear clothes that allow you to move freely and without constriction. What matters most is that you feel comfortable no matter what you wear.
“The body is the prop for the soul. So why not let the body be propped by a wall or a block?” — B. K. S. IYENGAR
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