Making Your Personal Yoga Props (Rerun)


by Nina

Rolled Blankets, Folded Towels, Folded Blankets
Stacked Books, Tennis Balls, Silk Scarf, and
Bathrobe Sash

Within the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing my favourite supported inverted and calming poses with you. All of those poses require props of 1 type or one other. Now I do know some individuals are reluctant to get began with props as a result of they appear like such a trouble and possibly additionally as a result of they’re seen as a part of the entire distasteful “consumerist” side of yoga in America. However I’m afraid that for stress administration, calming and restorative poses, props actually are vital. That’s as a result of your physique can chill out far more successfully whether it is being totally supported, slightly than you having to make use of your muscle tissue to assist you.

Nonetheless, utilizing “props” doesn’t imply it’s essential run out and purchase a whole bunch of {dollars} value of specialised merchandise to duplicate what they’ve in your native yoga studio. The truth is, for nearly each prop we use in our poses, there’s something in your home that you need to use as a replacement.

Blocks. Typically, you need to use a guide or a stack of books rather than a block. The one time it’s essential watch out about that is if you end up inserting each palms on a peak (for instance, in Downward-Going through Canine pose with palms on blocks). On this case, make certain the books are precisely the identical peak. And, in fact, when you’re helpful, there isn’t a cause why you’ll be able to’t make your individual blocks out of items of wooden you occur to have out in your storage. Simply remember to sand them effectively so that you don’t get any splinters.

Straps. For a yoga strap substitute, look no additional than your closet. Relying on which pose you’re doing, you need to use an precise belt (leather-based or fabric). The sash from a bathrobe works fairly effectively. You could possibly even use an precise tie. And, sure, it’s good to have a type of yoga strap buckles while you wish to make a loop, however you could possibly all the time tie a knot within the belt for a similar impact. Simply guarantee that the material isn’t stretchy, because it received’t present the mandatory assist if there’s loads of give to it.

Bolsters. I’d say if there’s one prop it’s value investing in, a spherical bolster is my decide! Mine has lasted over 10 years, and has offered me with a lot use and luxury…. That being mentioned, you’ll be able to “faux” a bolster by rolling a few blankets right into a agency roll. Begin with one single blanket that’s folded into quarters. Then, from the slim aspect, roll the blanket into a good, agency roll. Then fold your second blanket into quarters. Lastly, place the rolled-up first blanket on prime of the flat second blanket, lining up the sides of each at slim finish, after which roll the second blanket across the first. Fairly near a bolster, proper? One other chance is to make use of a sleeping bag that has been rolled up inside its bag for storage.

In lots of poses, the bolster doesn’t even must be a spherical form. On this case, you’ll be able to fold some yoga blankets into lengthy, skinny rectangles and stack them on prime of one another. This works effectively for reclined, supported poses, equivalent to Reclined Cobbler’s pose, Reclined Hero pose, and Supported Savasana.

Blankets. The blankets utilized in yoga studios (and in our pictures) are wool, single-bed blankets, typically from an Military Navy retailer. As a result of few individuals use actual blankets any extra, it’s a bit exhausting to discover a substitute blanket in the home. The comforters and duvets we now use on our beds—when did that development take over?—are too fluffy to offer any actual assist. Nonetheless, when push involves shove, a stack of towels can do the trick. As a result of towels are thinner than wool blankets, you’ll have to make use of extra to realize the identical peak. However some yoga studios, together with some in India, use these very skinny cotton hospital blankets, and you need to use fairly quite a lot of these, too. (I truly as soon as taught yoga at a hospital, and we used these hospital blankets there, so I do know. I’ve additionally completed yoga in resort rooms the place I used the towels, so I do know all about that, too.)

Yoga Mats. If you happen to’re working towards on a wood or carpeted flooring, you won’t even want a yoga mat in any respect in your standing poses. Attempt it and see. If you’re resting your head on the ground, equivalent to in an inverted pose, and the ground is simply too exhausting, you’ll be able to put a skinny towel below your head. You may also use a towel for cushioning your knees or another a part of your physique.

Eye Pillows. 
A watch pillow has two capabilities. The primary is to dam out the sunshine. For this function, you’ll be able to drape a silk scarf or another smooth cloth over your eyes. The second function is so as to add slightly weight to your eyelids, which may improve rest. So as to add slightly weight, you could possibly wrap the silk scarf round a folded washcloth or perhaps a small baggie crammed with rice (hey, I simply considered that one).

Sandbags. To this point, we haven’t been discussing and/or displaying sandbags, however simply so , a bag of rice or beans works simply as effectively while you wish to place a 1 or 5 pound weight in your physique.

Be inventive! Typically you need to use numerous items of furnishings in your home or resort room, equivalent to benches, ottomans, and occasional tables for numerous poses. I used to show yoga in a room that had couches in it however no chairs, and on the finish of sophistication we used to do “Legs on a Sofa pose,” which was my approach of doing Straightforward Inverted pose. Baxter even makes use of a can of beans and rubber bands as props (see Friday Q&A: Bunions, a Can, and a Rubber Band>). And we all know lecturers who use tennis and lacrosse balls for all types of evil—I imply, wonderful—issues.

That’s it for now, but when I’ve forgotten about something vital or you might have some good concepts of your individual, please let me know.

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