By Tara Koenig, Inner Fire Luminary
I’ve been teaching yoga now for about two years, practicing seriously for three. Something I always come to my mat with is two blocks and a strap. All (three) of my teacher trainings have had props as mandatory items to bring to each practice. Props can lengthen your limbs, bring the floor closer to where you need it and wake up new muscles creating a new awareness. I had a completely awakening experience when we had to hold a block and use it as our drishti (focal point) for an entire 90-minute class. I like to think of props as tools that empower and enhance my practice. That being said, I still feel there is a stigma attached to using props in class. I feel that some students attach a mentality that props are only for beginners or a crutch. This is totally untrue!
Earlier this summer I had a broken hand and my doctors said no yoga for a few weeks. Being as stubborn as I am I was in class the next day, in my cast, using props to replace my hand. I was able to modify and fit the practice to my needs by embracing props and using them to my advantage. Yoga is a beautiful practice that is meant for everybody with any body, the key is to take what you have available and use it to your advantage.
Here are my favourite ways to incorporate props into your practice:
It’s really important that we fuel our bodies the right way and boost our mood and energy naturally instead of turning to caffeine and sugar-filled snacks. While they might give you a temporary hit, they won’t do your body any good in the long run; they will only slow you down and leave you even more tired!