Yoga can be very intimidating for those just starting their practice. Add in an injury, inflexibility or those living in larger bodies and it can make a regular yoga practice seem like something that exists only in your dreams. Fear not, a great yoga practice is just the opposite of fear and doubt. It only involves one thing – showing up on your mat.
“The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well… YOU. Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.”
With that being said, it can be hard to know how to modify certain poses or account for injury. We have listed some ideas here to get you started, but would also encourage you to truly own your practice, use your voice and ask for help. Props and modifications offer countless options to mold your practice into an amazing experience. Do what feels right for your body and never compare yourself to your neighbor. We’re all on our own journey. Namaste.
The use of blocks offers a non-slip surface that provides support and stability. They can help you deepen your stretch or pose and ensure proper alignment. They’re lightweight and small yet very stable. Here are a couple of examples:
Use block as kickstand. The point is to hug your midline and product “productive action,” this is not a lazy pose!
Use block under hip for leg that is forward, can also use for resting your forehead.
Use blocks under your hands if you need help reaching the ground.
Try a block under your breast bone for support.
Strap – If you have a large chest, you can use a strap just under your armpits and above your breast tissue to hold things down while you’re upside down. It creates more breathing room!
Wrist Wedge (or can substitute with a towel or folded yoga mat) – Use under the heels of the hands to change the angle. Wrists and palm of hand should be at a higher angle than fingertips, as pictured.
Blanket – We love the idea of using a blanket or a towel to take pressure off of knees. Fold into a ring or simply use flat to act as a little pad.
Which yoga prop do you find most helpful? Have a question for the Resource Girls? Share with us in the comments below and it could be the subject of an upcoming post.
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Cat and Lauren are two best friends who started The Resource Girls to encourage and empower women to be themselves! We’re two girls who survived our twenties as strong, successful, independent women in this crazy world. We blog about fashion, fitness, finance, food and friendship but most of all loving ourselves and embracing who we are. Connect with Cat and Lauren at www.theresourcegirls.com, Twitter, and Instagram.
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