Props are of great help in the development self sustained, comfortable practice of yoga techniques such as asana in particular. One of the great Indian Yoga Masters B.K.S. Iyengar introduced the intelligent use of many of the props in yoga classes in order to gain the best possible results of yoga practice for every student whether they are beginners or with any kind of limitations to the practice. His efforts were precisely to help in restorative way, yet on a scientific background of the teaching methodology of the Yoga poses based on the concept of alignment and balance in the poses.
Traditional classes of Yoga, really do not encourage the too much use of the props in their classes as they balance on the intrinsic strength of the systems Today, most of the Yoga teacher training courses around the world will bring the applications of the props to help the students in many ways especially for the beginners and the people with some physical condition which limit their full participation to the practice of Yoga poses.
Why to use props in yoga classes ?
The effective use of the props brings the ease and stability in the key pose of the posture.
The support received by the props, reduces the impact of the asymmetrical condition of the body postures and brings the proper alignment in the pose.
They help in maintaining the pose to receive the restorative and therapeutic effects of the Yoga poses.
Three great props and their use.
When you visit any Yoga school in India or abroad, you will find the following three great props which are used in the Yoga classes for many reasons .They are
They play multifunctional role in the yoga classes. In many of the seating poses,they support the alignment to keep the spine straight. Standing poses like Trikonasana or Parshva Konasana make the use of adjustable length of the prop use depending on the necessity in the practice.
It is used in the reclining and supine poses in order to bring the support and optimal alignment in the position of the body in the pose such as sputa Baddahkonasana, or in forward bending pose like Upavishtakonasana or Shashankasana
It serves many useful purposes in the classes . It is particularly helpful in the prevention of the excessive chin flexion in inverted poses like Sarvangasana .Rolled blankets can be used in various placements in seated poses during meditation or pranayama practice .