The Iyengar Yoga Practice is a modified version of the traditional Yogic Science. B.K.S Iyengar, the person who developed this school of thought, in his bestselling book ‘Light on Yoga’ describes this form of yoga as a routine that can help in the alignment of the body. Moreover, it can aid in curing certain choric pain and other disorders with the help of several systematic postures or asanas.
This school of Yoga heavily focuses on props and tools like chairs, blocks, mats, and belts for maximizing the effects of the exercise. Additionally, these tools minimize the risk of injury or strain for beginners.
The basic props used in this method of exercise involve:
- Yoga mats
- Meditation pillows
These props can help in making the yogi comfortable. However, there are certain tools and equipment that can raise the bar of the exercise, helping the person in overcoming alignment issues and attaining the full benefits of the asana.
Here are some of the props that can help the maximizing the impact of your yoga session:
- Brick or Block
A yoga brick is an important tool, and its importance cannot be stressed enough. Ask any yoga guru, and they will tell you how a yoga block can transform the entire routine into a more fruitful and fulfilling one. It enhances the flexibility of the beginner or person with some disability, helping them in attaining the full benefits of the routine. By extending the alignments, a yoga block can help the yogis to achieve a difficult pose.
These bricks are available in different sizes, materials, and colors. But as per experts, before buying the tool it is important to assess its hardness since it influences the overall comfort levels.
P.S: Depending on the type of asana, the yogi might require one or two, or stacks of yoga blocks.
- Yoga Straps
Yoga straps (yogapatta in ancient Indian scripts) are another important tool for Iyengar yoga practice. Just like the block, it can help in maintaining alignment, provide support and assist in maintaining the posture. Many yogis use the strap for Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) or Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) – some of the difficult poses to attain and maintain for beginners.
- Yoga Wedge
This tool could help the beginners in transitioning into more difficult yogic asanas. Also, they provide support to the hands and toes so that one can maintain the pose with ease. The wedges are particularly helpful for patients with tight inflexible wrists or carpal tunnel who cannot stay in the plank position for long.
- Yoga Neck Pillow
As the name suggests, this tool provides support to the neck and could be used for any yoga session. By providing slight elevation to the neck, yogis can perform numerous exercise routines easily.
The props can help an individual in getting the maximum benefits of yoga. However, it is important to remember that using props without professional help might cause more harm than good.
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