Props are fundamental to my personal yoga practice, as well as the classes that I teach. Props are important tools for building strength, balance, progress in asana, and so much more. Bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps — all can serve a valuable purpose in yoga practice.
While I worked daily on arm balances in the recent weeks, I made sure to prepare and strengthen my arms, legs and core with the help of my trusty blocks. Think of them as the stepping stones to reach your next levels of practice, learn about your anatomy, and strengthen the mind and body.
After careful use of props for my arm balances, I am finding progress (remember: there is no perfection in yoga!) and have a better handle on my arm balances, like bakasana (crow pose), tolasana (scales pose) and lolasana (pendant pose).
Remember, props are your friend. Embrace them and let them help you grow as a yogi.