The Importance of Yoga Props
Using Yoga Props such as blocks and yoga straps in your practice as an aid, regardless of how advanced you are or how long you have been practising yoga can be very important.
As a yoga teacher, I regularly see people refusing or embarrassed to use a block or a yoga stretch strap to support their practice. This is misguided.
Yoga isn’t a competition and it’s not about looking like the beautiful people on Instagram. The point is to find acceptance with where you are (physically, mentally and emotionally) in the present moment and work with what you’ve got from there, without judgement.
Often the use of a yoga block will help in attaining correct alignment and therefore allow the body to stretch correctly and gain real benefits from the posture.
Half moon pose is a classic example where students often reject the support of a block, usually at to the detriment of their pose. A block not only supports and steadies the student but also allows the heart and chest area to fully open.
Yoga blocks come in many colors and materials. For those who are eco conscious we recommend eco friendly cork blocks. For those who want a splash of color there are many varieties of colorful blocks to support your practice.
Using a yoga strap is also a good way to get some help in your yoga practice, and there are many ways to use them. Whether it’s a seated forward fold (Paschimottanasana) or Bound Angle pose (Baddha Konasana) the strap is a useful tool to help open the hamstrings and the abductors.
Bow pose is a great example where a strap can support your body open and stay safe in a demanding pose.
Giving your arms firm leverage and your legs some resistance a yoga stretch strap here can really aid your practice.
Final Thoughts on Yoga PropsYoga is a practice that should feel natural, so let go of judgment of your body and where you may be at. Remember to listen to your body, and let your body open up in its own time.
Enjoy your practice