Most weeks I teach yoga I have a theme. It could be feet, twists, low back, balancing poses, groins, etc.
Whatever sequence I teach my classes for the week I am also practicing at home.
Many of the places I teach currently don’t have props. Which has been a good challenge for me as a teacher.
Last week I taught what I called props vs. no props.
I travel with a few blocks and straps and remind my students that they are welcome to use the blocks or straps during class. A couple of students have said to me over time that they don’t know how to use the props.
Huh, OK, that hadn’t occurred to me. This prompted a sequence for me to show my students how props can be used in various poses.
I don’t have enough props for everyone nor can I travel with 30 blocks and straps to every class I teach (sometimes I have more than 30 students and I have 22 blocks and 23 straps). But for last week I made it a priority to carry around 22 blocks and 23 straps, which aren’t heavy, just bulky. (I asked my students to bring any blocks … Continue reading
Years ago I was in a yoga class and at the beginning of class the teacher told us what props we needed for class that day.
Someone walked into class after the prop instructions were given. I overheard a fellow student tell the other what props the teacher had requested. She looked at the helpful student and said, I don’t use props.
I almost laughed out loud.
(I typically grab two blocks, a strap and a blanket or two.)
There has been some talk about the use of props as cheating, which I personally find ridiculous. Use of a prop is not cheating.
Last night we discussed props in teacher training.
The assignment for last night was to present a use for a particular prop.
People showed uses with straps, blocks, blankets, sand bags, chairs and a few other non-typcial props, which proved to be fun.
I learned a lot of new uses of various props. Some were eye openers. Others were cool. And some I was aware of but appreciated the reminder.
Props can help you get into a pose you wouldn’t normally be able to or give you a different experience in a pose. Props can help you get … Continue reading