How to Use Yoga Props
Hey everyone! Today will be all about how to use yoga props.
There are so many ways that you can emphasize the stretch to create space and use the props to relieve pressure or make it easier to settle into the pose.
Props are definitely not part of a lazy yoga. They do help in certain circumstances that do make the pose easier but, generally, they actually help to deepen the pose. So please do not think that you are taking ‘the easy way’ when using all the props.
I will go into detail on how I have been taught to use each prop and how you can use them as well.
From what I have learned so far, I love using the props and find any way I can to incorporate them into my practice.
As always, I love to hear your feedback so please leave me a comment below and we can chat about any questions you might have!
How To Use Yoga Straps
As you can see from the photo, they come in different colours as well – even though they all do the same thing.
When You Are On Your Back
Use a strap when you are lying on your back to isolate each leg. Wrap the strap around the outside of your foot and straighten that leg. Your other leg can either be bent at the knee or straight on the ground for more intensity.
Use the strap to pull your leg in closer. Be sure to remember to keep your lower back to the ground and to breathe!
Even use the strap and take the leg to the outside of the body to reach a different area. Extend the leg out to either or both sides of the body – just be sure to do the same on the other side.
My favourite strap position is in a reclined butterfly pose. This will be for those who are more practised and flexible with yoga.
Take the strap and put it around the tops of your feet and pull each side underneath each ankle. Bring the strap up to your chest and just be in the pose. Each little tug of the strap has a major increase in sensation on the inside of your legs!
Reclined Butterfly Pose is when you are lying on your back and put the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall to the ground. This is a great hip and thigh opener.
In a seated position take the strap in one hand and point that elbow to the sky. Use the opposite hand and reach behind your back to grab the other end of the strap. Try to get your hands closer together without compromising the integrity of your posture.
This is an amazing heart opener pose.
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How To Use Yoga Blocks
Yoga blocks are also a really simple tool used to hone in on the part of your body the pose is designed for. They help to keep your balance in some standing poses/twists as well as give you support in lying poses.
When You Are Standing
I love to use a yoga block when I am in a standing splits to help me keep composure. It helps me to keep my back straight while getting closer to my leg.
Another great use for a block when you are upright is support for twists. Use the block in a runners lunge when you open up one arm to the sky.
When You Are Lying Down
Use the block in a supported bridge pose. Place the block right under your sacrum and enjoy the space. Feel free to move your legs around or just lie straight. This is one of my most favourite things to do!
Also, a yoga block is great for sitting on to keep your posture straight.
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How To Use Yoga Roller
A Yoga Roller is a little different from the other two props I have mentioned.
Chances are you will not find a yoga roller in your everyday practice routine. This does not mean that it’s not a great prop to have though!
Most uses of the roller are going to be lying down. Whether you are on your tummy or your back, you place the roller under the target area and move your body against the roller.
People who have rollers, or have used rollers absolutely love them. Rollers are great for releasing muscle tension.
Writing this article on how to use yoga props has gotten me excited and ready for my practice tonight!
I hope to have been some inspiration to you on your yoga journey.
Please, let me know what you have learned from this post or if I missed something important. You know I love hearing from you and that’s why the comment section is listed below.
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