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Yoga Beginner Basics: How to Use Yoga Props

A girl is pictured sitting with her legs crossed on a yoga mat preparing for a yoga class. She is smiling. She has 2 yoga blocks and bolster on the yoga mat to present props in her practice.

If you attend a yoga class, you may notice some yogis using props like blocks or straps. These props make it easier to practice certain poses. As such, they are great tools for beginner yogis!

Yogis are all shapes and sizes. Each body stretches and flows in its own way. Therefore, we all often need a little help with our poses.

And don’t worry, using a yoga prop is not cheating. In fact, it will make you a better yogi. Even your mat is a prop! So, using yoga props is no different than wearing shoes for running or goggles for swimming. It is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

What are some good yoga props for beginner yoga and how do I use them?

Let’s explore some props that can help beginner yoga students.

 

Yoga Mats

Yes, your yoga mat counts as a prop! The most essential prop, these sticky mats provide traction to prevent slipping. Furthermore, they cushion you as you perform poses.

To use a yoga mat, simply unroll it and step on. Then, when you’re done, roll it up again.

And don’t worry if your mat gets dirty over time. To clean it, simply mix warm water with a little dish soap. Next, dip a rag in the solution, and use it to clean the mat. Wipe clean with a towel.

 

Yoga Straps

Don’t feel flexible enough to do a pose? Don’t let that stop you! Sometimes called yoga belts, straps can assist beginner yogis with tight hamstrings or shoulders. Straps expand your flexibility range, allowing you to do poses that seem out of reach. Moreover, they aid with proper alignment.

Straps are non-elastic and include buckles so that you can adjust the tightness. Try using one with a reclining big toe pose. To use the strap, put it around your foot and hold it with both hands.

 

Yoga Blocks

You may have seen a whole closet of blocks in a yoga classroom. Shaped like bricks, they can be foam, wooden, cork, or bamboo. These blocks can boost your stability, stretching ability, and alignment. Additionally, they can alleviate pressure on your joints in seated poses. They can also extend your flexibility when you need to reach for the floor. Therefore, they are perfect for beginner yogis still working on flexibility!

 

Yoga Wedges

Yoga wedges are angled blocks. Triangularly shaped, they look like small ramps. This tapered shape lets you adjust the angle of your hands, feet, or pelvis. As a result, wedges support your joints and can relieve pressure on your heels and wrists. They can be particularly helpful for those suffering from arthritis or plantar fasciitis.

Use them to relieve discomfort in any poses that cause you joint pain.

 

Chair

You’re sure to have one of these at home. You can buy a specialized yoga chair, but the one at your table will do just fine, too. Just make sure it can hold your weight!

You can use a yoga chair simply to help yourself up and down on the mat. Further, you can hold onto the chair for balance. For example, for a half-moon pose, you can place your front elbow and hand on the seat and your top hand on the back. Doing this provides additional support.

Moreover, if you have stiff legs, you can hold the chair in standing poses. This places your upper body’s weight on the chair.

 

Put those props to work and begin your yoga journey!

Now you’re ready to use these props in your yoga practice. Grab your mat and blocks and sign up for free at flowell.co today for personalized yoga and meditation classes!

 

 

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