In the system of yoga I teach, we use numerous yoga props. Yoga props are various different structures made a foam, rope or wood.
Common props utilised include the following:
• Yoga wall
The system was founded by yoga Guru B.K.S Iyengar. He was an innovative genius, who realised the importance of alignment in yoga. I personally am obsessed with working with these props. Without these per specialised yoga props many beginners and advanced practitioners cannot do the pose without the correct alignment.
When a yoga pose is not well aligned, the pose may look very pretty to the untrained eye, but the essential work required to be done in the post will not be achieved. This causes imbalances which ultimately lead to compensation by the body. An incorrectly aligned pose takes away from the potential healing and alchemy of the pose. There is also increased risk of injury and chronic damage to joints and other structures.
Some of my favourite props are bricks ropes and bolsters. The bricks are excellent for classic standing poses. The ropes are excellent for forward bends and leg extending poses. The bolsters are great for opening the chest and hips during floor poses.
Some people believe props lead to a more ‘gentle’ yoga session. This idea is inaccurate as the props help you go deeper, allowing you to stay in the pose for a longer time. The props also ensure correct alignment, commanding every muscle to work evenly and efficiently.
Props are the cornerstone of Iyengar yoga and my personal teaching yoga style. Once you have worked with yoga props in an efficient manner you will gain a direct experience of the power and potential of these yoga props.