Do you ever go to a yoga class where when you pick up a block or strap you feel like people are looking at you as if you’ve sprouted three heads? I can relate. Vinyasa classes with great music and upbeat tempo are great for the emotional uplift they provide, but that pace doesn’t always leave room for alignment awareness. Incorporating props is one of my favorite aspects of my (slower) home yoga practice.
This technique opens the thoracic spine, stretches the triceps, and awakens the synergistic relationship between shoulders and upper back necessary for yumminess rather than crunchiness in downward facing dog pose. This set-up is beautiful because there is no risk of hyperextending at the elbows in adho mukha svanasana (which, if you are loose-limbed like me, you may have a tendency to do). It works miracles as a preparatory or conditioning exercise for downward facing dog pose.
- A block
- A wall
- A yoga mat
- Either: relatively stretchy hamstrings OR to bend your knees deeply
- A light-hearted approach
Hope you enjoy this as much as I do and here’s a step toward proving that props aren’t just for the geriatric crowd. Peace … xx Indira
Not all yoga poses are suitable for all everyone. Practicing in the presence of a qualified instructor, in addition to the direction of your healthcare provider, can help you to determine what poses are suitable for you. The information provided is strictly for reference and is not in a substitute for medical advice or the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.