Because of Covid-19, many of you have probably turned to online yoga offerings through YouTube or streaming through your favorite studio. Maybe you are back in your favorite studio, but you don’t feel comfortable using community props. If so, you may be wondering in which yoga props you should invest.
Here at Point Bliss Yoga, we are advocates of using props in your practice. Props help you modify poses so that you can reach the target muscles of a pose without risk of injury, and they help make difficult postures more comfortable.
Common props include straps, bolsters, blankets, and blocks. Of all of these, the only one I recommend you purchase are yoga blocks. A yoga blanket is just a blanket. Bolsters can be created with pillows and blankets. If you have a belt, you have a strap. Unfortunately, there is not a good substitute for a yoga block. You can use books, but stacking several on top of each other is not safe. Thus, unless you have several copies of the collected works of William Shakespeare lying about, you probably do not have anything thick enough to be particularly helpful (as a side note, I do have several copies of the collected works of William Shakespeare, and I still prefer using yoga blocks).
Luckily, unlike yoga mats (which improve in quality based on price), any yoga block will do. I use Hugger Mugger 4” foam blocks, but I was also able to buy them at wholesale. You can likely find something less expensive at your local T.J. Maxx, Meijer, or Marshall’s. I personally recommend the foam blocks, as they have a little more give than the firmer cork blocks. I have neuralgia, and sometime things that are too hard can be painful. The foam blocks can also be more comfortable if you have arthritis. It is a matter of personal preference, though.
Additionally, I recommend purchasing two blocks. That way, if you are going through a flow that asks you to use both sides of your mat, you can place one on each side to stay in the moment instead of worrying about where your block is. Additionally, they can be stacked atop each other to bring the ground closer to you, if need be. Finally, if you have two, you can place them beside each other for a nice yoga seat.
Because of the affordable price and versatility, yoga blocks are a recommended addition to your at-home or on-the-road yoga space.
Do you have a favorite prop? If so, feel free to share in the comments below.