Props so you get more from yoga
Props help you do a pose correctly, so you get the benefit of getting into that particular yoga shape.
If you are not in the yoga shape, the various glands and other features of your body are not impacted in a way that best delivers you the benefit of the yoga pose.
Props also help you learn a pose
The more props that students have at home, the more interesting, varied and useful our online classes can be.
The use of props is not an indicator of whether you can or can’t do yoga, or about having the “toughness” or stamina to do without them. As you can’t see yourself doing yoga, you’ll usually fail to see that the use of a prop would more effectively let you do the pose.
For online yoga, you need to check what you can get in your local area, and we’ll talk about some of the options below.
For beginner yoga, the minimum that you need at home is a mat and a yoga block (which is about the same size as a building brick).
For non-beginner yoga, the more props you have, the better it will work. As soon as you can, we suggest you get a mat, block, yoga belt, bolster, and yoga chair.
Many of these props can be improvised from around your house, including kitchen chairs, blankets, and cushions.
Here a few suggestions on places to find props, if you can’t get them from a mainstream yoga props shop, or they are sold out.
The chair in the picture is only A$8 at Bunnings. It is lightweight, has a small back, and won’t fit everyone. But it is quite useful as a yoga chair.
If you have not seen a chair used for yoga, have a look at some of the pictures on our Facebook page.
As you know, most people in Australia at least, can find a Bunnings! We have also seen these chairs used by our international students.
Amazon and eBay are of course good options for all these props we are discussing here.
There are also specialist yoga prop shops in Australia, such as Iyogaprops.
During the corona virus crisis, supply is obviously an issue for many such suppliers.
Blankets and Blocks
Low cost blankets can often be found at a camping store or an Army disposal store. (If you reside in Darwin, check out NT General Store in Cavenagh St Darwin.)
If you don’t have blocks, and you have access to handy-person skills, you can also try sawing and sanding some timber that you can also buy at suppliers like Bunnings. In some respects, wood makes cheaper and better blocks than the standard foam blocks.
Mats can be bought from many retailers, including AMart, K-Mart, Target, Big W, LuluLemon, Rebel, and more. Like everything, the quality varies. With a mat, the quality is in the thickness, and the how slippery it is or is not. (We have found the cheapest mats are mostly unable to be safely used, due to their slipperyness).
It’s nearly always best to wash a new mat in your washing machine, with just a sprinkle of washing powder. That will get rid of much of the slip.
Our latest prop research
We have seen cheap mats, blocks, and yoga belts at KMart online. Rebel also has mats (a bit more expensive), and Lululemon is at higher prices, but has blocks, belts, and mats. As we said, eBay also has props. It possibly has more risk but if the buyer researches the seller’s profile it can be worthwhile.
Buy your online yoga pass, and then book to come to a class, via these packages.