Props include yoga mat, blocks, belts, blankets, belts, blocks, chairs, sandbags, wall ropes and other things that allow students to ease into a pose, experience its effectiveness and stability. Props provide support for the body and allow the mind to relax more profoundly.
B.K.S. Iyengar refined the use of props to allow all practitioners access to the benefits of the postures regardless of physical condition, age, or length of practice.
Props can be used to:
Create optimal body alignment.
Enhance the restorative or therapeutic qualities of a posture.
Provide physical and mental support so the practitioner can receive the deep benefits of holding a posture for prolonged periods of time.
Make specific actions or poses accessible to those who may not be able to perform the posture due to physical limitations.
Help adjust or support the practitioner to work in a range of motion that is safe and effective.
Instruct or highlight a particular quality, action, or aspect of a yoga posture to increase its personal understanding and effects.
Help all practitioners (including the most advanced) gain sensitivity to the balance of effort and relaxation in the postures