TO PROP, OR NOT TO PROP? Basic Prop Philosophy & Applications
The use of props has many applications in yoga instruction, from one-on-one privates to group class settings. Props allow beginning students or those with limited mobility an opportunity to be in poses with more manageable presence, and feelings of safety and repose. Yet, the overreliance on props can have the opposite effect, creating dependency, mental absence, and fear of change.
In this hands-on program, a variety of basic props will be employed (blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and tennis balls) in a range of different class settings and styles of practice (vinyasa vs. restorative), to help create a context for incorporating props in your classes. Unique applications of props with their benefits and contra-indications will be presented, and followed by interactive partner work to build confidence in applying the use of props with first-hand experience in a variety of situations.