DIY Yoga Props Found in Your Home - Asana at Home

DIY Yoga Props Found in Your Home

Incorporating DIY yoga props into your yoga practice can make your practice more comfortable by bringing you closer to your mat. Sometimes, certain poses may be unachievable without the use of props. This may be true when you have just started to incorporate yoga into your life or if you find certain areas of your body to be particularly tight.

Looking around your house, you will most likely be able to substitute a variety of items in place of certain yoga props.

Here are three items you can use as yoga props and what they are used for:

Bolster

DIY Yoga Blanket Bolster on Left
DIY Yoga Blanket Bolster on Left

If you do a quick Amazon search, you will gather quite quickly that the cost of a yoga bolster can cost just as much as a monthly yoga studio membership. While mostly used in restorative yoga classes, bolsters provide your body with extra support and allow your body to relax deeply 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 homemade bolster can look like a variety of things. Some different ideas include rolling a couple of blankets into tight rolls or using literal bolsters off your couch. The idea is to find something firm and that is somewhat cylindrical. 

If you do a quick Amazon search, you will gather quite quickly that the cost of a yoga bolster can cost just as much as a monthly yoga studio membership. While mostly used in restorative yoga classes, bolsters provide your body with extra support and allow your body to relax deeply 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 homemade bolster can look like a variety of things. Some different ideas include rolling a couple of blankets into tight rolls or using literal bolsters off your couch. The idea is to find something firm and that is somewhat cylindrical. 

Yoga Blocks

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 what point they are at in their practice of yoga. 

A yoga block in a pinch could look like a large dictionary or even several books held together with elastic bands. If only a minor lift from a seated post is needed, a rolled-up blanket could be appropriate. The use of yoga blocks can help you get into correct positions safely and to get the most out of your stretches. 

DIY Yoga Book Block on Left
DIY Yoga Book Block on Left

Yoga Straps

DIY Yoga Robe Strap on Left
DIY Yoga Robe Strap on Left

A DIY yoga strap can be easily found at home. A bathrobe tie or a scarf can easily do the trick to help increase flexibility or assisting with forward folds. It would also be easy to substitute a yoga strap for a belt or a tie. A yoga strap, even if it is just a makeshift one, will help to deepen your practice. 

It is not always realistic for some people to invest in yoga props and supplementing with DIY yoga props can work just as well. A great yoga prop will help increase flexibility, support comfort, add more depth to poses, and create stability and it’s alright for those yoga props to look a little different for each person at each level of their yoga practice. 

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