DIY Yoga Blocks and props in Your Home
Incorporating DIY yoga props and blocks into your yoga practice can make it more comfortable by bringing you closer to your mat. Sometimes, certain poses may only be achievable with the use of props. Often this is the case if you have just started incorporating yoga into your life or if you find specific areas of your body particularly tight.
Looking around your house, you will likely be able to substitute various items in place of specific yoga props. Here are three things you can use as yoga props at home.
DIY Yoga Bolster
If you do a quick Amazon search, you will gather that a yoga bolster can cost just as much as a monthly yoga studio membership. While primarily used in restorative yoga classes, bolsters provide extra support and allow your body to relax profoundly and promote complete release.
A bolster can sit under your upper back, support the lower back, and lay under your knees when in savasana.
A DIY Yoga Bolster can look like a variety of things. Some ideas include rolling a couple of blankets into tight rolls or using literal bolsters off your couch. Look for something firm and somewhat cylindrical.
DIY Yoga Block
Using a yoga block can help you be more comfortable during your practice while allowing for better alignment of your body. Yoga blocks can benefit anyone, no matter their time in their yoga practice.
A DIY yoga block, in a pinch, could be a dictionary or even several books held together with elastic bands. On the other hand, if only a minor lift is needed, then a rolled-up blanket could work. Using DIY yoga blocks can help you get into the correct positions safely and get the most out of your Yoga Postures.
DIY Yoga Straps
You can easily find a DIY Yoga strap at home. A bathrobe belt, tie or scarf can easily do the trick to help increase flexibility or assist with forward folds. A yoga strap, even if it is a makeshift one, will help deepen your practice.
Sometimes investing in or finding “real” yoga props or blocks is unrealistic, so making your own will be your only option. A DIY yoga Strap will help increase flexibility, support comfort, add more depth to poses, and create stability.
If you use a little creativity, you’ll come up with many of your own home made DIY yoga Blocks and props.
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