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10 Tips for using yoga props

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

Yoga props can support your poses and help you to move in the right direction as your body adjusts to learning new postures.

Common props include blankets to give height and cushioning; blocks to create stability; straps to provide extra length*; and bolsters to support the body.

yogi using blocks to provide height in an arm balance
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10 Tips – How to Use Props in Yoga

  1. Have your props nearby in every class. You don't want to interrupt your practice to grab one mid-practice.

  2. Use the prop to help you find your edge. For example, use the block on all its different levels to see which level feels the best in poses such as bridge. Blocks also offer great support in poses like triangle and half moon allowing you to reach the floor to stabalise the pose.

  3. Use props like blankets, and blocks to make sure your spine stays straight. If you are rounding through your back while sitting in butterfly pose or any seated pose, sit on a folded blanket, or the edge of a block to sit taller and give your hips more room to open so you can sit taller.

  4. Use props when you are recovering from an injury, or have niggling tightness or tension. (Consult a medical professional, and your yoga class teacher here). For example, kneel on a folded blanket.

  5. Use a blanket to take the pressure off the neck in shoulder stand. Make sure there is a gap between the neck and the floor. Just lie on a folded blanket, so the shoulders line up with the edge of the blanket and the head is on the floor. The blanket needs to be folded about three times to make sure its height is perfect for this.

  6. Use props like a wall to do legs up the wall, or hold on to it for balance help during tree pose or dancer’s pose. In dancer’s pose, you can face the wall, and walk a hand up the wall to make sure the heart stays open.

  7. Use a strap to make sure you don’t overstretch/injure your back in a seated forward fold, or head-to-knee pose. The strap here can make sure you still have some ease in the pose. Soften the shoulders and soften the face!

  8. Use a strap to encourage your hands closer together behind you in cow-face arms. This is a skill you're going to want for that summer sunscreen application.

  9. If you are practising at home and don’t have yoga props, use hardback books, cushions, a doona, blankets or a scarf.

  10. Remember, if a pose feels like too much, even while using props, don’t do the pose.

Shopping for props? Some things to consider.

There are lots of cheap props out there. Don't waste your money on foam blocks that collapse underneath you. You want something you can trust to hold your weight. Also consider the environment and avoid sweat shop labor if you can afford it, if you're only paying $5 then the person who made it probably made 100 before they made a dollar. All our straps are handmade here in Australia from Australian materials (paying Australian wages) and guaranteed to last. The Fleelix original 108 Yoga Road strap is two-in-one, giving you a high quality stretch and carry strap. Designed by a yoga teacher for yogis. When you're not using it to stretch it can be used to carry your mat. Head to the Shop page to check them out. Every strap is one-of-a-kind.

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