Author: The Resource Girls
One of the things I love most about yoga is that you can personalize it to fit your needs and skill level. It can be easy to be in a class or trying to follow along to a video and try to master each posture to perfection. The truth is, we’re all on our own journey. Everyone comes from different work scenarios, injuries, flexibility levels and mental states. When starting yoga it can be easy to be intimated by all the props available to you in your practice. I know I was! When I first started on my yoga journey, I wasn’t sure exactly what they were for. I was so relieved in my first class when the instructor showed ways of incorporating blocks into each pose. As someone who struggles with flexibility, they come in handy when pushing myself to stretch lengths I can’t quite reach on my own. Ever since said class I always have a block, or two, within arm’s reach.
Becoming more flexible is something that takes time. Being able to bend or reach as far as others do on their mat was and still is a challenge for me. It was a challenge until I grabbed my blocks. They are a great way to relieve pressure on your back when you’re doing backbends. Blocks are also great during side angle poses where you need to bend over and reach for the ground. One of my favorite poses to utilize blocks are when in Eagle pose. In Eagle, you can use your block as a kickstand if you can't complete the bind. It’s important to remember that it’s YOUR practice. If you are feeling like something is missing or are uncomfortable physically or emotionally, ask your yoga guide for assistance in using a block or other prop.
Think of a block as an extension of yourself. This is a prop that will help you reach your fullest extension. Don’t forget that blocks can be also used on multiple sides depending on the height you need. I also love utilizing blankets or a pillow to relieve pressure from your neck or knee. A wrist wedge is also a great option for tight wrists. If you don’t have a wrist wedge accessible, you can roll up the edge of your yoga mat and place fingers facing down with wrists on the higher part of the mat and let gravity be your friend. The common theme with all props is that you can use them however you see fit. Most often someone isn’t going to bring you a prop or tell you what to do. Be encouraged to take control of your own practice. Use props to step out of your comfort zone, try something new, and open your heart to endless possibilities.