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Starting a yoga journey is a unique and personal experience, with each individual bringing their own set of abilities and limitations to the mat. Recognizing and accepting these differences is crucial to creating an inclusive and fulfilling yoga practice. One way to begin this journey is by incorporating yoga props. Simple tools like blocks, bricks, yoga belts, chairs, and even a wall can make a significant difference in improving our practice and ensuring that yoga is accessible to everyone.

Yoga is a practice that evolves with each individual’s body and capabilities. Yoga props serve as supportive tools to help us tailor our practice to our unique needs. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, these props can be invaluable in creating a safe and comfortable space for exploration and growth.

Yoga bricks are versatile props that offer stability, support, and the ability to modify poses. For beginners, bricks provide a foundation for proper alignment and help in gradually building strength and flexibility. In poses like Downward-Facing Dog, placing blocks under the hands allows for a more accessible experience, reducing strain on the wrists and shoulders.

For advanced practitioners, bricks can be used to deepen stretches or get into challenging poses. In balancing postures like Half Moon or Revolved Triangle, bricks can be strategically placed to maintain balance and encourage proper alignment, leading to a more refined and fulfilling practice.

Similar to bricks, yoga blocks offer additional height and support, making them especially useful for modifying poses and adjusting difficulty levels. For individuals with limited mobility, blocks provide an opportunity to gradually progress in seated or standing poses. In a supported backbend, blocks can be placed under the shoulder blades, allowing us to experience a gentler stretch while maintaining proper alignment.

A yoga belt is an excellent prop for improving flexibility and alignment, particularly for those working on deepening stretches. In seated forward bends, looping a belt around the feet enables us to extend our reach gradually, encouraging a deeper stretch without straining. 

Yoga belts are also beneficial for maintaining alignment in challenging poses such as Cow Face Pose or Gomukhasana. By using the belt to connect the hands, we can improve flexibility, and prevent injuries.

Yoga chairs provide stable support for a variety of poses, making yoga accessible to individuals with mobility issues, injuries, or those needing extra stability. Standing poses like Extended Triangle Pose become more approachable with the support of a chair, reducing strain on the lower back and promoting proper alignment. 

The wall is a versatile and often underutilized prop in yoga practice. It serves as a stable support for a wide range of poses, helping in balance, alignment, and flexibility.

In standing poses like Tree Pose or Warrior III, the wall provides a reference point for stability. We can use the wall to refine our alignment, making sure that the body is properly positioned for maximum benefit and safety, or simply hold the pose. 

For inversions such as Shoulder Stand, Headstand or Handstand, the wall offers a sense of security. Practicing these poses with the support of the wall allows us to focus on building strength and confidence before attempting them in the center of the room.

Using yoga props in your practice would bring self-awareness and a commitment to personal growth. Regardless of your body type, flexibility, or experience level, these props can be useful in creating a yoga practice that is both safe and fulfilling.

By acknowledging and using the power of these simple yet impactful tools, you can create a space where you can experience the joy and benefits of yoga.

That’s why we’ll be trying most of these props in our new February flows. I’ve added the February Calendar below for you to have a look.

I’ll see you on the mat. 

Ayse