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A yoga mat is of course essential with yoga, but there are also various aids, so-called yoga props. Which yoga props are there, and how and when do you use them? Let us explain it to you!
Yoga props are good! Use yoga props at any time within the yoga where you feel you need props. We hear and see too often that there is doubt about using yoga props. As if you don't really practice yoga when you use props. Or that this would show that you are a beginner in yoga (by the way, not at all). But it is precisely through the use of yoga props that you listen to your own body. You guide your body within yoga postures, this prevents injuries and you ensure that you become more flexible and stronger. Therefore an ode to the yoga props.
Within yoga there are many different tools, also called yoga props, that help you in yoga. Let's look at what yoga props there are.
Yes laugh, but the yoga mat is really a yoga prop. And an important one too, because without a yoga mat you have a lot less support and comfort during your yoga session. There are many different types of yoga mats from different brands. Do you want to buy your own yoga mat? We have worked out for you what to look for when buying a yoga mat, for example:
We are of course very much a fan of the Love Generation yoga mats ;-)
A yoga towel is the perfect solution if you often slip on your yoga mat. A yoga towel absorbs the excess moisture, giving you much better grip during yoga. And it is also hygienic, because these yoga towels are machine washable.
The yoga belt, or yoga strap, is, as it were, an extension of your arms or legs, which makes it easier for you to perform some yoga postures. For example, you are doing the forward fall and you cannot reach your feet yet, then you use the yoga belt to still experience the benefits of this exercise. Be careful when using this yoga belt, it is not the intention that you pull on the belt to get deeper into a posture. Listen to your body and then you automatically become stronger and more flexible.
A yoga block also makes it easier for you to carry out the yoga postures, because this brings you closer to the ground. A yoga block offers support and often gives you just that extra reach to properly perform your yoga posture. A yoga block also helps you keep your balance.
A bolster is amazing! This is an elongated cushion that offers you more comfort with lying yoga postures or with forward fall postures. It provides support for your back, you can hang on it and especially relax on it.
More and more often we see the eye cushions appear during the Savasana and quite rightly too. A yoga eye pillow helps you with this end exercise, where it's all about relaxation. Often these eye cushions have a wonderful scent, so that you end up in your own world after a great yoga session.
A yoga blanket provides heating during the Savasana final relaxation. Your body is completely warm and you do not want to lose this heat when you lie completely still on the ground. Therefore lay this yoga blanket nice and warm over you. And if you notice that you get bothered by your knees or your tailbone during a yoga posture, fold the yoga blanket in half and use it for an extra soft surface.
Many yoga classes start or end with a sitting meditation. How nice then that you can sit on a good meditation cushion, so that you sit nicely upright and you can fully focus on your meditation.
Every yoga mat absorbs bacteria, because you sweat and use your yoga mat often. That is why it is good to occasionally clean your yoga mat thoroughly with yoga mat cleaning. A good yoga mat cleaner removes all dirt and ensures that your yoga mat stays beautiful and lasts longer.
If you only practice yoga at home, you don't have to drag your yoga mat with you everywhere. But if you do yoga in a studio or at the gym, it is nice to get your yoga mat back and forth. This is possible with a nice yoga bag or just a carrying strap for your yoga mat.
Those socks with toes, those are real yoga socks. Yoga socks provide a good grip and because there are toes on it, you will not lose your balance.
Don't worry, if you are just starting to practice yoga, you do not immediately need all yoga props. Your yoga studio often has all the props you can use:
It is nice to buy your own yoga mat, so that you can do all your exercises on your own yoga mat. And if you want to buy a number of yoga props, then of course you can.