I’m actually feeling quite swell, which was a complete shocker as I doubled up on my classes yesterday and fully expected to be a cripple when I woke up, BUT long and behold, I’m fine. Yoga’s miraculous like that. It teaches you to take things in stride and rewards you when you least expect it. I mean I was positive my hips were going to be cursing my name this morning. I was extra conscious this week, however, and definitely made sure to hydrate well, take my vitamins, and use props when every I needed them . . . and that’s what I want to talk about today: using props.
Now, I am, by no means, an expert yogi. I just personally dislike seeing people struggle in class. Sure, original yogis didn’t use blocks or straps, but as yoga has evolved, many have discovered that props could help deepen their practice. I sometimes find myself wondering if people think the use of these said props means they’re weak or not a good yogi? I fully believe the opposite to be true. We are ALL built differently and are at various levels. Take me for example! I have extra long legs, which makes some poses more difficult than others. I could NEVER do Half Moon before I started incorporating the use of a block. Will I always need it? Gosh, I sure hope not! But if I do, I do and that’s OKAY.
“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” – Rodney Yee
My only suggestion is to be mindful of yourself and explore some new territories = you never know ;) the use of props COULD make a world of difference in your practice!