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Yoga and reading are my passions - followed closely by jewelry-making and cooking plant-based meals. My husband is my guinea pig for my recipes and thankfully he's a willing subject! Be sure to visit my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBookishYogini?ref=search_shop_redirect

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

YogaFit Training - YogaProps

On Friday, January 10, I attended another class on my journey to become a 200-hr RYT yoga instructor.  This particular class was about using props.  The use of props such as blocks, straps, mats, blankets, and even the wall can help students with balance, body alignment in poses, and adding a different dimension to poses.  Props can also help those of us with tight hamstrings who find it difficult to reach the floor or our toes without bending our legs, and to help in shoulder stretches.

Today in my yoga classes, we focused on using a yoga strap (or men's tie if you don't have a strap).  Judging by student comments afterwards, this focus really made an impact in their practice today.  Yippee!  

If you would like to learn more about using props in your own practice, here's an article in Yoga Journal:  Using Yoga Props.  Another article can be found here:  How to Use Yoga Straps.  An important thing to remember is ALWAYS listen to your body and avoid pushing your muscles and tendons to far, to fast.  Our goal in yoga is NO pain.  


Some examples of yoga props.

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