Definition - What does Yoga Prop mean?
A yoga prop is a supportive object used in performing an asana. Using a yoga prop is a great way to practice poses that a beginner may find difficult to perform or for those with less flexibility and/or balance. A yoga prop also helps one remain in a pose for a longer length of time.
Born out of the creativity of B.K.S. Iyengar, modern yoga props help the yogi achieve optimum benefits from a pose regardless of age, flexibility level or experience.
Yogapedia explains Yoga Prop
Several benefits of yoga props include promoting alignment, helping the yogi realize an effective range of motion, and helping one to understand a posture thoroughly. The most commonly used yoga props include blankets, yoga blocks, yoga bolsters and yoga straps.
- Blankets are used to provide extra padding. They also function as a height booster. Blankets are used in asanas such as shoulder stand pose and headstand.
- Yoga blocks assist particularly in alignment and are used in poses such as supported bridge pose and half pigeon pose.
- Yoga bolsters help lift the body off the floor and provide a cushion to promote relaxation. They are useful in poses such as elevated legs-up-the-wall pose, reclined hero pose and supported child's pose.
- Yoga straps prevent unwanted movement and provide support for those with tightness in areas such as the shoulders and hamstrings. Yoga straps may be used in poses such as seated forward fold and cow face pose.