For years whenever I did yoga, I tried to copy what everyone else in the class was doing—their form, what they wore, and what they brought to class. Proper (expensive!) yoga pants – check. An official yoga mat – check. I’m embarrassed to admit that I even did these things in the privacy of my own home
4 Benefits of Using Yoga Props That Will Deepen Your Yoga Practice
In the past, I avoided using yoga props because I felt a little intimidated by them, plus I figured only true yoga professionals invested in additional products to enhance their yoga practice. Wow, how wrong I was! Once I started using them, I realized exactly why they’re so popular, and I’ll give you those reasons below in 4 key benefits of using yoga props. But first, I should mention that you don’t even need to invest in yoga props! That’s right — check out this post on DIY Yoga Props.
1. Yoga Props Help You Reach your Desired Position
I always knew not to push myself too hard while doing certain yoga poses. So, I often just let my arm dangle awkwardly instead of being able to place it on the ground. I was hunched over, holding my knee with my feet awkwardly flexed, and I bent my knees and wiggled around a bit during savasana to avoid back pain. However, when I started using yoga props, that all changed. I was able to place my hand flat on top of a yoga block instead of letting it dangle, I used a yoga strap (full disclosure — it was a bathrobe tie) to guide my flexed foot towards me gently, and a bolster helped my back remain spasm free during those critical — and oh, so excellent — savasana times.
2. Yoga Props Help You Breathe Deeper and Gain More Benefits from the Poses
When I was awkwardly dangling or struggling during a pose, my mind was focused on how uncomfortable I was. I certainly wasn’t relaxing into a stretch or breathing deeply. Yoga props help you get into the position you’re aiming for so you can concentrate on breathing and relaxing, therefore receiving the full benefit of your yoga practice.
3. They Give You Extra Confidence
When I gave in and started using yoga props — especially the yoga strap (bathrobe tie!) and yoga bolster — I was able to master the poses and I felt a more rooted in my yoga practice. There were poses I skipped doing in the past because I felt like they were too difficult for me. With yoga props, I felt the confidence to try more poses — and I was able to do most of them successfully!
4. Props Don’t Have to Cost Money
Yoga props can be anything you want! Placing a flat pillow under your neck or back to help you be more comfortable in certain poses. is a prop. The blanket you cover yourself with during savasana, so you don’t get chilled is a prop. Whatever you use to help make your yoga practice work best for you is a prop!
At Asana at Home, you’re encouraged to work at your own pace and use whatever props you want during your yoga practice. If you don’t want to use any props, that’s fine too. The onlineyoga teachers will collaborate with you to help you with your poses and yoga practice with props — or without.
Author and Yogi Erika Palmer
I have struggled with anxiety at times throughout my life. Whenever I mindfully choose to up (or honestly, restart) my yoga practice during periods of anxiety I find it much easier to navigate life during this time. And maybe it’s just a coincidence, but doing yoga seems to prevent anxiety from happening when I would expect it to.