I started exercising yoga before sticky mats were readily available. We used towels, rugs, and sometimes baby crib liners. Thirty years ago I’d actually never heard of straps or blocks. When props started to appear, I was really suspicious of them. Several old-school yoga instructors taught that props weren’t part of standard yoga and were part of the commercialization of yoga. Other traditional teachers thought props were unsafe, enabling students to move further than their bodies allowed.

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Still others recommended that props minimized the work on muscles resulting in stunted development. As an example, sticky mats make it simpler for your feet to grip the mat and reduced the amount of strength required to hold a posture. Exercising yoga on a wood floor, without a sticky mat, constructs greater muscle strength. For these reasons and more, I refused to utilize props for many years. I still don’t own a block, strap, yoga mat bag, or other yoga product. I mostly use cotton rugs for my practice.

One of the things a long-lasting constant yoga practice eventually teaches, even to the most persistent, is mental flexibility. At long last I’ve pertained to the conclusion that props aren’t always evil. I now believe that there’s a location for props in yoga practice and that the particular location for props in yoga practice differs according to the professional. Various people could wish to utilize props in different means. While I still wouldn’t encourage props simply to make a posture easier, I do see how they can benefit practitioners.

Currently I use some props in my home practice. While I attend classes at a studio about 3 to four times a week, I also exercise every day in the house. My house practice varies based on where I’m tight and what I’ve time to do. The following postures I usually do with props:

I’ve a poof (see connected) which is a sort of versatile chair/ottoman. I didn’t purchase this for yoga and you might likewise use a pile of quilts, couch cushions or other products. I utilize this poof for introductory back bends. I generally hear a song or two and lay on the poof attempting to obtain both my knees and shoulders on the floor.

After a tune or two, I then hold child’s posture for a tune or more. It’s essential to follow every back flex with a forward bend.

After the poof warms me up, I make use of a backless chair for a much deeper backward flex. My goal is always to obtain knees and elbows to the floor although this has never ever happened. Using the chair to support me allows me to hold the back flex longer and to achieve higher versatility. Note: I follow this with a plow held for the very same amount of time.

I’ve actually discovered that furnishings can be very helpful in regards to opening up my back. More standard deep backwards flexes such as the wheel or camel require strength in addition to flexibility and I’m unable to hold them for the time needed to really enhance my flexibility.

Different students have various difficulties and props can help with many of these. I believe the choice to make use of or not to use props in any practice depends on the student. If props permit you to go deeper into the posture, to lengthen your flexibility, or to work regardless of injuries then by all methods use them. On the other hand, students don’t need to go out and buy a block and strap as these aren’t required in order to practice. The only requirement for practice is an open mind.