Using props in yoga practice

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

GFG! and her yoga props

My usual yoga props for most yoga classes is a blanket, block and strap.

If a teacher requires something else, such as an extra block, a bolster, sand bag, I am more than happy to grab as well.

Oh, and an eye pillow is great for Restorative yoga and savasana. In a pinch, I use my towel or strap.

Today Ashley asked us to grab a blanket, block and strap. That was perfect for me because I already had all the props I needed.

Someone had grabbed extra blocks and handed one to another student yogi. I over heard that yogi say, I don’t like to use props.

I found that to be rather odd.

Some people think using a prop makes you a beginner or that the pose is made easier. Yoga should not be competitive with others or even yourself. And there are times no matter how advanced you are where props are required.

I like to use the blanket to sit on during meditation at the beginning and end of class. Sometimes I use it for padding under my knees. I also use it for a pillow during … Continue reading

You had me at bolster

My regular props for most of my yoga classes are a blanket, strap and block.

(Bolster photo provided by Yoga Bolsters.)

The blanket is great for sitting on to give yourself a little boost. It is also good to use under your knees when doing poses where your knees might be sensitive.

The strap is good for arm stretches where you need a little extra help or your arms don’t quite reach.

There is one arm stretch where one side my arms meet, the other side they don’t.

The block is great for one of my favorite poses, supported bridge. It’s also good for a lot of standing poses, such as triangle, half moon, side angle and so many more.

When I walked into Vinyasa class today, Ashley asked us to get a blanket, block and bolster. In her class we get moving, breathing hard and sweaty. Near the end of class we usually do a restorative pose.

Today we did a meditative practice at the end of class. It was a nice change. I sat up on my bolster, which I don’t usually do.

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