By now, most of us have gotten the message that using props is not a sign of weakness. After all, props can add a whole new dimension to your yoga practice, helping you do everything from improve your alignment to making formerly awkward or uncomfortable poses easier, and more. In fact, not using a prop can often compromise the integrity of a pose.
Yoga props can also have a restorative effect, helping you sink deeper into a stretch or massage away tension held in your connective tissue. In a nutshell: “Yoga pops are underrated,” says Seattle, Washington-based Tiffany Cruikshank, L.AC, MAOM, E-RYT, AND founder of Yoga Medicine. Read on to find out what some of the top yoga teachers around the country reach for when they practice.
7 Best Yoga Props, According to 7 Top Teachers
1. Rad Rollers Recovery Rounds
There’s tons of new research coming out on the importance of connective tissue (aka fascia) health and the “new organ,” the interstitium, which is the entire system interfacing between the vascular system and the lymphatic system, says Cruikshank. To wit: Fascia has become the new yoga buzzword, and as a result, many companies are developing props designed to improve soft tissue resilience. “I love these soft, myofascial balls for use prior to or during my yoga practice to target tissue health and hydration,” she says.
One way to use: Sit in Virasana and place the ball behind your knee to relieve tension in your hamstrings and calves.
Learn more about Rad Rollers Recovery Rounds here.
See also Fascia Fitness: A Yoga Sequence for Fascial-Release