Yoga Props From Around Home, Or Other Suppliers
Plus how to set up a yoga space at home for better online yoga.
Props help you do a pose correctly, so you get even more of the benefit of getting into that particular yoga shape.
Using yoga props is smart, not wussy!
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 or on-demand yoga video 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.
If you are coming to Flametree’s in-studio classes, all equipment and props are supplied. You just need to wear comfortable clothes, that allow easy movement. You don’t have to have your own props.
The minimum of props is a mat and block
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, a stack of books and a firm pillow or cushions.
If you’re at home, you can also use benches, table tops and railings for support, like Chris, the Senior Yoga Teacher at Flametree Yoga, is demonstrating.
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.
Low cost yoga chairs
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 Cavanagh 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. Wood is firmer.
Get a non-slippery mat!
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 slipperiness).
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.
How to set up your own space for online or home yoga
You’ll find you get more yoga done, and its the most effective, if you set up your own space for regular yoga.
Even if you do some classes at the Flametree’s two studios, it’s worth having a space at home too. Sometimes it’s obviously just not possible to get to the studio.
First, if possible, have a space where you have all your props handy.
Second, if you’re using Flametree’s online classes, or yoga video classes, have as big a screen as you can. One good option is to plug your phone or iPad to a TV screen.
If you want guidance from Flametree’s yoga teacher, position the camera on your phone or computer so the teacher can see you clearly.
Another bonus of having a space set up is that you can use it at night. Flametree’s students sometimes do poses like “Legs Up The Wall” to help with sleep. It’s helpful if the bolster and mat is all set up. (See more about yoga poses for better sleep, here.)
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.
If you have questions or comments, or have good tips about buying or making yoga props, please contact Senior Yoga Teacher Chris Lalor via message through our Facebook Page, or +61 448 11 22 51, or [email protected].
For our new or current students who are in the Darwin region (in-studio, online or on-demand), Flametree also has some props for sale at 19b Bishop Street, Woolner.