I’m a huge advocate of props. Not only do they help you find more space and stability in your poses, they’re also great teaching tools with endless uses if you get creative. I love taking workshops and discovering new ways to use blocks, blankets, walls and straps, and incorporating them into my classes. I find the more time we dedicate to playing with props, the more likely my students are to continue using them.
10 New Ways to Use Yoga Props
Overhead Shoulder Flossing with a Strap
There are many neat ways to use a strap for shoulder openers, however, I’m obsessed with this simple overhead shoulder-flossing technique. Clients and students love it as well. It’s one I would prescribe daily to just about anyone. It’s ideal for lengthening out and opening up after a long day of sitting.
Stand in Tadasana holding onto the strap in front of you down by your waist. Widen your hands apart until you’re gripping the strap wider than your shoulders. Inhale and take the strap up overhead; exhale and bring the strap behind you (if your shoulders won’t let you take the strap back, simply widen your grip). Inhale and bring the strap back overhead; exhale and lower it in front of you. Repeat 5 times.