Using all your prop options can help you make the most of your practice. Experienced teachers prescribe them to help make your vinyasa more accessible, your restorative more restful and even add new sensations to your yin practice.
These days you can find perfectly functional sticky mats and foam blocks in your local superstore or discount center. Yoga equipment outlets offer standard straps, bolsters, blankets and more. But if you’re investing in a committed home practice, why not use props that are unique, beautiful and eco-friendly? Using equipment that’s appealing to the senses makes your practice a pleasure. Here are a few of our favorite props that will serve you well in your practice—and look great doing it.
Home and Travel Mat
Insist on a yoga mat that won’t slip and slide, but one that greets you with an inspiring design to bring pleasure to your practice. This one has a matching travel version.
This natural jute mat is made from premium organic fibers that repel sweat and odor.
Environmentally friendly bamboo blocks are strong and beautiful.
Cork is a sturdy and eco-friendly option—and these take the natural aesthetic up a notch with embossed designs.
This gray quilted option adjusts naturally to your shape. Plus, it has matching meditation pillows.
Looking for a bolster that’s both supportive and good looking? Here’s a traditional shape enveloped in soft faux suede the color of crystals—emerald, amethyst, quartz and sapphire.
Choose a textured cotton blanket in a monochromatic tone-on-tone pattern for a sophisticated take on the traditional yoga blanket.
This version is similar to to the serape-style blankets offered at many studios, but comes in an array of solid colors.
A strap can be pretty basic—or just plain pretty. This artful design is inspired by Balinese textiles.
Thick Cotton Strap
This traditional strap comes in a variety of lengths and an array of colors from bright to sophisticated.
A kitchen chair will do the job if you need a sturdy prop, but foldable “Iyengar chairs” are specially modified for yoga practice. If you need support for a wider variety of poses, try a version with lumbar support attachments.
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