When you walk into your yoga studio for class, do you grab two blocks, three blankets, and a strap? Or do you tend to skip the props, thinking you don’t really need them?
If you fall into the latter camp, San Diego-based yoga teacher Desirée Rumbaugh says it’s time to start using all the props.“If you don’t use them, chances are you rely on cheating or compensating in postures, neither of which are sustainable long term,” she says. “Using props is really the only way to stay honest in a practice.”
This is true for even the most seasoned yogis. Even Rumbaugh says she has had moments where she’s taken an I-don’t-need-props attitude. Now, she uses them every time she rolls out her mat. “The truth is that props have nothing to do with a lack of experience,” she says. “Using props is about three things: building strength, understanding your anatomy, and honestly accepting where you are right now in your yoga practice. All the advanced yogis I know make great use of props to help them open—and relax—their tight spots.”
Ready to prop yo’self? These 6 poses use props in a surprising way:
About the Author
Elizabeth Marglin is a yogi and writer in Lyons, Colorado.