Props are yoga tools you can use to make poses more accessible for your body. Props usually include: A bolster, two blocks, a yoga strap, and a blanket. If you don’t have these things though, here are some household substitutions:
Bolster >>> Plushy beach towel:
Grab a big beach towel or throw, fold it in half width-wise and roll it up length-wise. This prop is great for support in sitting and kneeling positions.
Blocks >>> HUGE books:
Try to find two hardcover books that are roughly the same width and height. If you have any unabridged books by Stephen King, you’re in good shape. I am currently using ‘The Stand” and “Wolves of Calla”. This prop can be used to protect your knees, to sit on in squats, and to make the floor easier to reach in various standing forward folds.
Yoga Strap >>> Belt, tie, scarf or robe belt:
Whatever you choose here, just make sure it’s not stretchy. You want something strong, with no give, so you have resistance. This prop is great for shoulder stretches, hamstring stretches, and hip openers.
Blanket >>> Blanket or towel:
Not much of a substitution here. Grab a throw or a fluffy towel. This will be used to pad your knees, to sit on in forward folds to tip your pelvis forward, and to keep you warm in the final resting pose, savasana.
We may not use these props in every class, but it would be good to get into the habit of having them close by, so you don’t have to scramble when you need them.