Feel More Flow With Yoga Equipment
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How can yoga props help my practice?
You don't need a lot of fancy yoga equipment other than your yoga mat and enough space on either side of you. But there are two key pieces of yoga equipment that can make your practice better and more fun—a yoga block and a yoga strap.
- Yoga block: A yoga block is a yoga accessory that comes in handy to help you achieve the correct alignment in yoga poses. If you have used a block in your yoga classes and found it helpful, you may want to invest in one or two for your practice at home. Try Gaiam's foam or cork yoga blocks. Both types of blocks are lightweight and provide solid support for your yoga practice.
- Yoga strap: A yoga strap can be useful if you have tight hips and hamstrings. One pose in which a strap is especially helpful is the reclining big toe pose (supta padangusthasana). Here's how to do it: Lie on your back and extend one leg up towards the ceiling. If you can't reach your big toe while keeping your leg straight and your back flat on the floor, simply wrap the strap around the ball of the foot on the extended leg and hold the two ends. Or you can form a loop to place around the extended foot if you prefer to hold the strap in one hand. If you're looking for a strap, check out Gaiam's organic cotton yoga strap with a double loop buckle for easy adjustments.
If you're new to yoga and want to practice at home, consider a complete yoga set. These sets vary, but they often include a mat and mat bag, as well as a DVD.