Kwan Gillison from @ iM2Photography
You may have heard about how yoga props can improve your practice, but aren’t sure how to get started. Antoinette Webb, creator of the prop-centered sequence below, understands. “When I started my yoga practice, it was difficult for me to find someone who looked like me to inspire me. It was also difficult to find resources depicting people using yoga props to access these amazing poses. And before I started practicing, I didn’t really know that yoga props are a thing! “
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Over time, Webb has learned that yoga props do no less than your exercise, just as if you don’t use them it does no better than your exercise. These tools support you both in your body and in your practice by providing you with a loving opportunity to get to know your body and practice honestly and openly. Some days, you may feel as stiff as a board and you may not be able to access a shape or range of motion that you performed days or weeks earlier. You may want to make your practice more restorative on other days. Props are great for this!
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Follow us as Webb shows you how to use a simple adjustable yoga strap, multi-loop yoga strap, and some basic yoga blocks to start your own amazing yoga with props journey. Because yes, you can have a whole exercise and achieve seemingly unreachable poses with multiple props, and this is just as valid as an exercise with none of them. First, let’s talk about these tools and some of their uses.
1. The adjustable yoga strap
This adjustable strap is only around $ 8-12. You can easily change the size of the loop or the length of the strap to hold onto as you can find and create space in your body.
2. The multi-loop yoga strap
That green strap that you see in the sequence gives you an even number of loops where you can easily change the level of difficulty and hold, and even track your progress as you move further and further down. It is also great for working and understanding the stability and mobilization of the spine in various poses. These props, or similar ones, sell for around $ 12 on Amazon.
3. Basic yoga blocks
The purple yoga blocks cost less than $ 15. They are great for just getting started on your journey. They’re a little softer, but strong enough to stand and sit on. The fact that they are sturdy and stackable allows you to bring the floor closer to you. Their dimensions can help you understand what it means to keep parts of your body shoulder or hip width apart.
“Perhaps what I love most about these yoga props is that there are nice ways to use them together,” says Webb. “You can create space and length in your body while stabilizing yourself by bringing the floor to where your current practice is and feeling the same sense of peace as you open up new areas of mobility along the way. “
Now, let’s get down to some amazing and accessible poses that can be obtained and expressed using a yoga strap and / or yoga blocks.
Before starting your exercise, make sure you have your pads and yoga strap nearby so you can easily turn them on and off.
Sukhasana (easy pose)
Start by sitting on your trusted blocks at the lowest possible height to raise your sit bones high enough to leave room in your body for your legs to rest in a comfortable position. Cross your right shin in front of your left shin and gently rest your shin on your feet. To maintain a neutral spine, lift your shoulders towards your ears, then lower them back towards the wall and back.
Pull your navel towards your spine to capture your core. This gives you extra support for your spine in this position. Put your forearms or hands on your knees. Keep your neck long and your chin parallel to the floor. Take 4 to 10 deep breaths.
Photos by Kwan Gillison from @ iM2Photography