We use different props to offer additional support or focus to the body or class. In private sessions they help tailor the poses to your personal needs by offering extra support or challenge.
Yoga blocks can be used in multitude of ways. One is to “raise” the floor to meet the body in more challenging poses, or use them as balancing aids in standing poses. Sometimes they are used simply as reference. Other times they can offer support for the spine and head allowing you to sink deeper into your back bends.
The bolster is mostly used in more restorative classes. It offers a bigger support surface for the body to release and soften deeper into the Asanas. It can also be a useful tool for someone recovering from injuries or rehabilitating from operations. Have a bolster under your spine to support gentle back bend. Or under your knees to ease your low back in savasana. It is just pure bliss!
The strap is a useful tool when you need just little extra length to reach the more demanding Asanas. Using a strap allows you to experience better aligned poses and therefore deeper and safer openings.
Susanne is part of the Manduka Teacher Reward program, which offers her students a discount on their Manduka mats and accessories.