When thumbing through yoga magazines or blogs, you’ll notice people doing yoga with some interesting-looking contraptions cotton straps, blocks, crescent-shaped pillows, or round, hard pillows. These are called props. If you’re a novice yoga student or have taken a yoga class that does not use props, the idea of props may seem strange or it may pique your curiosity. Not everyone uses props for yoga, but many people do, and some find them most helpful.
The following is a list of some of the most common props and what they are used for. Some of these props are self-explanatory and others require some explanation. It’s best to take a class or have an instructor show you how to use the props for alignment.