There are two ways that you can benefit from the use of yoga props. The first is, obviously enough, to practice yoga and to use the yoga props to further that yoga practice. The other way that you can use yoga props is with other types of working out. Here is a brief introduction to some of the yoga props that you can use and the kinds of things that you can use them for in your workouts, even if you are not practicing yoga regularly.
– Yoga Mats
These are thin, soft and lightweight mats that can provide you with some padding on the floor. They have a sticky type of surface that makes them particularly useful for yoga poses because they keep you from slipping all around. Extra thick styles of yoga mats are also available and many people choose them because they are the most comfortable option for many practitioners.
– Yoga Bricks or Blocks
Yoga bricks or blocks are designed to make sure that you remain in proper form even if your flexibility levels and strength levels do not. Blocks are generally rectangular in shape and they allow you to use them in three different lengths or heights accordingly. You could do a forward bend using a yoga brick for example, placing a block so that you can keep the proper form even if you cannot immediately rest your hands on the floor. Yoga bricks make it possible for you to do poses and exercises more easily and more comfortably without forcing you into positions that you are unprepared for or unfamiliar with.
– Yoga Wedges
Wedges are like yoga bricks and yoga blocks, but they are shaped as a triangle, or similarly to a door stop. These yoga wedges are designed to provide you with extra support while preventing you from overstretching in positions where you are sitting, squatting or standing, or when you are putting your weight in your hands.
– Yoga Straps
Yoga straps are especially helpful for people that are not as flexible or who are just getting started. You hold a strap with each of your hands and it will make it possible for you to stay in the position or pose for much longer, allowing you to make a better connection as a result. They can be used for a number of different workouts and stretches including seated stretches, one-leg standing poses and other similar poses as well as needed. If you need help with general flexibility practice and training, yoga straps will be indispensible.
The benefit: You will be incorporating yoga props into your workout in just a few seconds, but the benefits will be enormous when it comes to good health and wellness. These yoga props will add comfort and will improve your workouts in numerous ways.