What are Props?

Props come in all shapes and sizes and include blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters.  Blocks (either wood or foam) and straps are commonly found in many local yoga studios.  Why use them?  Props can take you into a pose that’s been out of your reach or simply enhance the experience of a pose you’ve been doing for a long time without aid.      

Depending on the style of yoga you practice, props may or may not play an active role.  For instance, in an Iyengar class the use of props are highly encouraged verses in a vinyasa class the teacher may only mention using a block or strap a couple of times. 

Experiment!  Be dependent on props one day and then the next day flow without them.  See how your body & mind responds to the poses with props and without.  View props as playful accessories to your yoga practice. 

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