What's with all of the props we have in the studio (and in the garage)? Maybe you have attended classes where we have used props. Or maybe props are just something that you have no idea about.
In Pilates classes, we often use props. Our classes usually follow the same pattern, so props can be used to provide greater challenge and also to make the class more interesting. For example, we can add extra instability by doing an exercise on a foam roller or a ball. Another example is using a magic circle to increase the strength we need.
With yoga, the most common props are the block and the strap (or belt). Often people don't like to use a block because they think it is an easy way to do a pose. In fact, it can be the best way for getting the most out of a pose. For example, a half moon pose where you are balancing on one leg. Without a block under your hand, you may need to do a sideways bend to get your hand on the mat. A block helps you achieve better alignment. Blocks can be used at three different heights so there is a height to suit you.
Straps are often used to help you get hold of your foot or for support. For example, lying on the floor and doing a hamstring stretch where the strap is placed under the foot and held in both hands.
So come along this week and try out a variety of props.