Yogis, I am writing to you specifically. Now tell me honestly, when you are doing your practice, do you use your props? You know, those things that are designed to help you get grounded, open into a pose, and relax more deeply.
Before you answer this question, let’s explore our prop options.
The mat: that thing that grounds you
The block: that thing that brings the ground closer to you
The strap: that thing that allows you to reach farther and bring things closer
The blanket: that thing that works towards your openness
The bolster: that thing that supports your stretching
The sticky support (i.e., mat, gloves, socks): those things that help you not slip
The wall: that thing that holds you steady
These lovely tools are designed to enable you to do your practice more fully, glide easily into the proper form, and prevent injury. Yogis, do not shy away from the props. They are here to help and support your practice. I recommend all yogis utilize the props, or at least have them by the side of your mat for easy access. For those of you with limited flexibility, muscles that simply refuse to open, current injuries, and buns in the ovens, definitely grab those tools. You will thank me!
In your next yoga class, I challenge you to grab two blocks, place one under each hand, and feel the difference in your downward facing dog, pyramid, and side angle poses. (If you think props are for beginners, leave your ego at the door and play exploratorily with these toys.)
And instructors, I challenge you to use the props in your classes. “A teacher’s job is to bring forth that which is already in us” (Rolf Gates). Help us get there with the use of props.
To prop or not to prop? I say To Prop!
- Brandi Virden
Studio Manager, Happy Belly Studios