Yoga is an exercise that can be adjusted based on everyone’s level and condition, and yoga practice requires props to help with some difficult maneuvers. For example, yoga blocks are foundations for several yoga poses that require bending forward, while yoga straps help with stretching on the hamstring and lower back. However, yoga props can make the exercise expensive, especially if you buy them from fitness store.
If you exercise at home, or having limited budget for yoga props, you can use readily available objects at home as props.
Common Modified Props for Yoga Practice
Do not let budget stops you from practicing with props. Here are some common hacks to create your own yoga props at home:
- Using long belt as yoga strap. Yoga strap is quite straightforward, and you can use something that is long enough to help stretching your hamstrings, arms, and lower back. Your belt is great to help with poses that require bending forward or arm binding, especially if you are still stiff or having knee injury, so your alignment and joints are not compromised.
- Using thick books as yoga blocks. Yoga blocks help supporting your hands in poses that require bending forward or half moon pose, especially for those whose joints are not limber enough. Use hardcover books for better foundation, and bind them with tape or strap so the books stay in solid form when you use them.
- Using thick blankets to support tailbone and backbone. Thick blankets or blankets with cushion inside their materials are great to support knees when you need to kneel, or support tailbone and make your back straight when you sit cross-legged. You can also place folded blanket under the hips and lower back when you do poses with prone position.
- Using bare floor or regular carpet as yoga mat. Yoga practice at home does not always require special mat from fitness store. Basically, any surface will do, as long as it is flat, even, and is not slippery. Hardwood, carpet or tiled floor will work fine, because yoga mat’s function is basically just for stability and protection from dust. As long as your floor or carpet is clean and not slippery, you do not even need yoga mat.
Using props will make you feel different, even when you are still beginner. Props will help you doing poses that are normally hard to do because you are not really flexible. Also, for people with past injuries, props will help them doing yoga poses in maximum capacity without compromising alignment.
You can also enlist the help of roommate or family member as “human prop,” especially when you are trying inversion poses such as standing on arms or head. Some people just rest their feet on an empty wall, but having someone standing next to you and grabbing your ankles will help you securing the pose better. Plus, they can help you when you are about to fall. In the end, finding the right yoga props for yoga practice at home are all about creativity, not money.