“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”
In yoga, there are different types of practice, which can stimulate the efficiency and harmony of each individual according to their needs and requirements at the time of performing Yoga sequences. Such is the case of B.K.S Iyengar, who developed a style of practice focused on the alignment of the asanas and the use of instruments contributing to the optimal realization of the postures.
Iyengar created a practice so that yoga can be performed by anyone and everyone regardless of age, physical condition, gender, or disability. These instruments are known as props and are used to practice yoga with greater comfort and ease, granting alignment and support in the movements. Thus gradually approaching practitioners with each asana, according to the requirements of each person.
- Box (cushions)
Examples For Using Props:
1. How To Use A Prop In Parsvakonasana (Extended Angle Pose)?
Blocks would be the ideal tool to perform this posture.
- Start by placing a block outside of your right foot.
- Then spread your feet 20 cm apart, bend right knee forward, completely stretch your left leg with the foot in 180º angle.
- Now place your right hand on the block next to the right foot.
- The left-arm goes over the head, and the gaze focuses on the hand above; if you feel discomfort on the cervical, look to the floor instead.
- In this posture, a deep lateral stretch is done. The block will give you support and help you reach a better alignment without compromising your body’s physical condition.
2. How To Use A Prop In Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)?
A belt would be used for this posture.
- Start by sitting down with heels resting on the floor and knees bent.
- The belt will surround the soles of your feet while you hold the ends of the belt in each hand.
- With spine straight and the breath controlled, little by little you are looking to extend your knees, keeping the chest touching the thighs and nose trying to pass the knees.
- In this posture, the spine stretch is intense, so it is recommended to do every stretch accompanied by a slow and conscious breath.
3. How To Use A Prop In Savasana (Corpse Pose)?
We recommend using cushions
- Lie faceup on the mat.
- Put a cushion underneath the spine, the knees, and- if necessary- the neck. Relax your body and focus on abdominal respiration while thoughts drift away.
4. How To Use A Prop In Sukhasana (Easy Pose)?
At times people have difficulty sitting on the floor. For that reason, Iyengar created sequences of therapeutic yoga where the asanas are realized in chairs.
- In the easy pose, sit comfortably on a chair, with legs spread wide to the hips, keep your back straight and concentrate on breathing.
- Breathing is a life tool within a yoga practice. Giving value and attention to the respiratory rhythm helps to control the emotions, thoughts, and actions that we have each day.
It is important to recognize the functions of the body, as well as the strengths and weaknesses you have. In this way, you can guarantee an enjoyable yoga practice and all the benefits that it grants.
“It is through your body that you realize that you are a spark of divinity.”