Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide

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Welcome to the guide that all beginner yogis need, and truthfully, all yogis who don’t use yoga props need. Whether you are the most flexible, strong badass yogi or the person whose never done a downward dog in your life, yoga props serve a purpose in your practice and deserve to be included too.

…. did you read that my overachieving yogis, this one’s for you too.

And now, let me explain why and my personal story with yoga props.

Let’s rewind five years, picture a brand new yogi in a hot as hell yoga studio, overtaxing her body to simply “make the shape”. At this point in my yoga journey, I was very concerned with how I looked, how well I could do a pose, and how much I didn’t need the help of a prop.

My thoughts went something like this….

Props are for beginners. Props are for people who can’t touch their toes. Props are for older people (like my mom). Props are for people who weren’t gymnasts, cheerleaders and/or ballerinas in their lifetime. Props are unnecessary.

But in reality, I needed a damn prop, and a I needed one bad.

And here’s where a yoga teacher should’ve stepped in and didn’t. And if you’re a yoga teacher reading this, I hope to the yoga gods that you are using, recommending, and demoing with props. And if not, now is an epic time to start.

I was a byproduct of the common statement – “we don’t know, what we don’t know”. For three years, I practiced intense, advanced asana and never considered using props. My yoga teacher wasn’t recommending it. They weren’t readily available. No one in the class was using them. And I wasn’t aware that I needed it.

Fast forward to year four of my yoga journey and I’m now in an Iyengar/Hatha yoga teacher training and ALL THE PROPS are being used – blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, wedges, chairs, the wall, eye pillows. You name it, we were using it.

At first, I wanted to continue with my propless attitude and rise above the prop. I wanted to be better than a prop. But the reality was and still is, I’m not above it. No one is above needing a prop, we all need support, we all need that extra length, we all need a little help from our friends (both on and off the yoga mat).

Fast forward one more time, to the present moment, and I’m a fervent believer in props ALL THE TIME, whenever your body needs it (not necessarily wants it). I’ve also been blessed with a local yoga studio that highly encourages the use of props, offers a well of different props to use, teaches with props, and demos with them too.

I credit my love + use of props to the teachers who taught and still teach me, so to them, I raise a block and cheers their example.

Now, why do I tell you all of this and how does it relate to you.

Well, first and foremost and before we dive any deeper, don’t forget to download the free yoga prop guide to help start or deepen your yoga journey. Click that big, beautiful button below, complete the form, and boom – the prop guide is coming at ya!

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And now, back to the show!

If you’re a beginner at this whole yoga thing, here’s why props are important + the role they play:

  • Props allow almost any posture to become accessible, regardless of your current “yoga level”
  • Create support for special populations like pregnant women, the disabled, the much older and/or the injured
  • Bring the floor to you in postures like half moon, triangle, side angle, pigeon, splits and many more.
  • Aid in relaxation postures like supported fish, supta baddha konasana, supported bridge, and many more.
  • Help build strength + promote alignment in postures like wheel, bridge, dolphin, forearm balance, and many more.
  • Alleviate discomfort for the wrists in postures like downward dog, plank pose and/or an entire sun salutation sequence.
  • They FEEL GOOD (my favorite reason).

And if you’re not a beginner and want to start using props, below are some of the many reasons why:

  • Props promote integration + alignment (which is the one of the end goals in our asana practice)
  • Aid in building strength + length, versus hyper mobility
  • Aid in advanced asanas like headstand, handstand, arm balances and deeper hip opening postures
  • Brings more awareness to your body and what it needs on that day + in that moment
  • Offers support, because no matter how advanced you are, we all need it. Period.

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Okay yoga tribe.

If my personal story + the many reasons above haven’t convinced you to click that download button yet, then I encourage you to click it now. The guide is an easy to follow format that breaks down the most common props + provides different ways to use each one. I promise, it’s good stuff.

And if you already use props, download it anyway, and find a new way to use a prop! Or if you’re a yoga teacher, send this blog post + the free guide to your students and help continue their personal yoga journey!

Basically, just download the damn thing, okkkuurrrr!

Let’s Talk – Do you regularly use yoga props in your practice? Did your yoga prop journey start out similar to mine? How do props help support your yoga practice? What are your favorite ways to use yoga props?

As always – drop your questions, comments, suggestions and general yoga prop love down below.

Until next time, xoxo.

Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide - Pin now, download a free prop guide, and learn how to effectively use yoga props in your yoga practice now!
Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide - Pin now, download a free prop guide, and learn how to effectively use yoga props in your yoga practice now!
Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide - Pin now, download a free prop guide, and learn how to effectively use yoga props in your yoga practice now!

Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide - Pin now, download a free prop guide, and learn how to effectively use yoga props in your yoga practice now!
Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide - Pin now, download a free prop guide, and learn how to effectively use yoga props in your yoga practice now!
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Allie is the creator + soul behind The Journey Junkie Community. She is a sucker for all things life - movement, sunshine, creativity, and connection. Allie's deepest desire is for you to embrace the idea of intention setting, false belief breaking, and dream making! Through sharing her journey - wholeheartedly & unapologetically - she hopes to inspire & shape your journey!

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10 Discussion to this post

  1. Holly Weaver says:

    While I am not new to yoga, my attitude towards the use of props is very much like yours in the beginning.
    After reading all this great talk and love of props, I’m seriously starting to reconsider. Plus, the poses I just viewed look incredibly relaxing and restorative.

    • The Journey Junkie says:

      Hey Holly, glad we both resonate with each other on the prop saga LOL. And yes, I can’t recommend using them enough, they’re really changed my practice, allowed to fine tune postures, and like you said, enjoy super relaxing moments too! Thanks for stopping by, xoxo.

  2. YUJ Life says:

    I love props. If a bolster is involved, I’m interested 🙂 hahaha

  3. Lou says:

    Excellent job with the prop guide. As a beginner I was reluctant to use them. That was foolish. This will be very helpful to all people no matter what their level.

    • The Journey Junkie says:

      Thanks Lou, always appreciate your kind words popping up in my feed! And you’re so right about it being foolish (also did that too), hopefully this inspires more people to use them in their yoga practice now!

  4. Rohan says:

    Doing yoga is very significant for all the age group. As you have highlighted in your article about the use of yoga props. And I m totally agree with you that beginners can not attempt the way of doing it at the very start. Actually the props teaches you to do the yoga in the right way and keeps you safe from any little injury.
    Thanks for outlining the need of Props.
    Great and thanks for detailing.

  5. Joanne says:

    Hi Allie, I could not be more ok with you; I started with a teacher who taught me YIengar yoga and he always used props, so they are definitly my friends.
    I need an advice: I can’t do the Wheel pose, it’s like my head is a thousand pounds to rise. Wich prop can I use to help me and how please?
    Thank you for all you give to us, till I follow you and the tribe , I really move forward in my Journey !
    Send you peace and positive vibes
    Joanne GUY

    • The Journey Junkie says:

      Heyyy girlfriend, so nice seeing you here! I would try blocks pushed against the wall and you putting your hands atop them to push up, it gives you that added lift and assistance on the way up. Also, look up some tutorials and read up on the pose, that will help you understand it better!

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