How to Use Four Common Yoga Props

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At the beginning of a yoga class, the instructor may ask participants something like, “grab two blocks, a bolster, and a strap.” Whether you label yourself a veteran yogi or a newbie, there’s usually some level of uncertainty when it comes to using yoga props correctly. In most cases, your instructor will clearly articulate when to enlist the help of a prop, but crowded classes, loud music, or noisy mat neighbors can make the instructions hard to understand. Here are five uses for each of these four common yoga props: the block, strap, bolster and blanket.


The yoga block is the most versatile and frequently used and prop found in the yoga room. The block is designed with three different heights, and utilized to assist alignment and provide extra reach when muscles are tight. Keep this prop nearby for the following poses:


Yoga straps are enlisted to achieve poses that address tight shoulders, hamstrings, and other areas that need some extra help:


The bolster is typically enlisted for reclined and seated poses. It provides a little lift off the floor and a cushion that eases the body into relaxation. Try these bolster variations of familiar yoga postures:


The yoga blanket, similar to the bolster, is great for extra padding or a height boost. Keep a blanket nearby for the following pose variations:

What are you favorite yoga prop hacks? Share below!

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