Basic Yoga Props

by James Doss

The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "Yuj" meaning to yoke or unite. In order to reach this goal, a yogi needs basic yoga props such as blocks and straps in addition to other items for more advanced poses. A block is often used under your hands when doing seated postures like Virasana (Hero Pose) so that it's easier on the lower back; while a strap may be wrapped around each foot during Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock), which would allow you keep hold of the pose by pressing against both arms at once without collapsing into Uttanasna (Standing Forward Bend). Blocks can even come with handles built right onto them making it easy for anyone


Yoga is not just about the poses. The props help you stay in position and improve your

posture, making it easier to hold a pose for an extended period of time without burning out or getting injured. This also means that by using these aids, yogis conserve their energy so they can move into other postures with ease!


Yoga props allow people with various medical issues, the elderly, and those who are just beginning to explore Yoga to safely cross their limitations. The props provide support so they can do poses that may have been impossible for them otherwise due either to old age or a physical limitation.


As you might imagine, not much gear is needed for yoga. It's generally practiced in bare feet or socks so it can be a little uncomfortable if you wear shoes that don't allow your toes to wiggle and stretch comfortably as well. This means clothes should also be loose enough which makes sweatpants great because they're looser around the waist area too! One more thing: I would avoid wearing anything made of polyester during practice- it doesn't breathe very well and will make you feel hot and sticky all day long!


Yoga is one of the most popular workouts in America, but a lot of people are unfamiliar with what yoga props do. Yoga props give your body something to lean on during poses or create resistance for more difficult ones - and they can really make all the difference when you're practicing at home!

But to start with yoga you can just have these basic equipments:


Clothing: Comfortable, breathable clothes are recommended for yoga. You probably

want to wear a shirt that is a little bit form-fitting, since in many yoga poses your

head comes below your hips and your shirt can slide down.


Any exercise pants or shorts will do, although it’s best not to have super slick lycra-

type pants since in some poses this may cause you to slip.


Shoes: Yoga is most often done barefoot, which is great news for those of us tired of

carrying a bulky pair of athletic shoes around for after work trips to the gym.


Yoga studios will often request that you leave your shoes near the entrance.


Mats: In gyms and yoga studios, its commonplace to use a yoga mat, also called a

sticky mat. The mat helps define your personal space.


But more importantly, it creates traction for your hands and feet so you don’t slip,

especially as you get a little sweaty.


The mat also provides a bit of cushioning on a hard floor. If you are just getting

started with yoga, you may not want to buy a mat right away. Most studios have

mats for rent, usually for a dollar or two per class.


The disadvantage to these mats is that lots of people use them, and they can get

smelly between washings. Yoga mats can be purchased for as little as $20, and

many studios will allow you to store your mat with them if you become a regular.


Blankets: Yoga studios often have stacks of blankets available for students to use

during class. Grab yourself one or two blankets at the beginning of class.


The folded blankets are props to sit and lie on during class. For instance, when

sitting in a cross-legged position, it’s nice to put a blanket under your sit bones to

elevate the hips above the knees.


They come in handy for all sorts of things during class, and if it’s chilly you can use

them to cover yourself during final relaxation at the end of class.


Blocks: Like blankets, blocks are props to make yourself more comfortable and

improve your alignment. Blocks are great for standing poses in which your hand

doesn’t reach the floor.


Straps: Straps are particularly useful for bound poses if your hands do not reach

each other, and for poses where you need to hold onto your feet but cannot reach them.