Using props in yoga is a popular practice for beginners or those who are advancing their practice. Learn how to do vinyasa yoga with props from Xen Strength Yoga Creator, Danielle Diamond.
Not everyone can be a yoga professional right off the bat – it takes practice, and lots of it! That is why using props is a great way to ease into more challenging poses.
A block can bring the floor closer to your body, whereas a strap will bring your hands closer to your feet. No matter which prop you’re using, vinyasa yoga with props helps you maintain proper alignment in more advanced poses, which is important to prevent injury. Other benefits of using props in yoga include:
You won’t miss out.
Not everyone is as flexible as seasoned yogis, even with lots of practice. Using props is a way for you to experience the pose while catering to your body’s unique needs.
You learn proper alignment.
Using props doesn’t mean the pose is easier. The same muscles will be engaged whether or not props are used, helping you to recognize how each pose should feel.
They help you relax.
Your yoga practice wouldn’t be a very calming experience if you had to sit out during certain poses (or worse, miss class completely due to injury). So, using props allows you to experience the relaxing benefits of yoga while easing into more challenging moves.