When you practise yoga asanas with me, I will encourage you to use props. Using props is one of the many acts of self-compassion. This does not mean that you are being unkind to your body if you don’t use a prop. For most of us, our body is undergoing changes al the time. By using a strap, a block or a bolster as an extension to your limbs or hamstrings allows you to get into the pose more deeply. As I often say ‘the intention here is to keep our spine long’ for example. More importantly props can be used to prevent possible injuries such as hyper-extension in your knees etc.
Making a bolster from blankets and a scarf is one of the first things I’ve taught even before the actually training started. This shows how important a prop is. Therefore next time when you get on your mat, don’t be shy to use props or variations during your practice if you ever needed to.
Bolster is great for beginners to use in Meditation, Pranayama, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin classes. It’s an essential tool for Restorative classes or when you need rest. Here’s a quick video showing you how to DIY a yoga bolster.