Restorative Yoga uses a wide variety of props with the intent to make the poses as supportive and relaxing as possible. Here are some ways you can fully let go, slow down and surrender by using yoga props in a creative way.
Creative Prop use for Restorative Yoga
Adding weight to a restorative yoga practice can help facilitate the feeling of sinking and settling in to a pose. When the weight of a Yoga Sandbag may be too much or if there isn’t one around, the V Shaped Zafu is a great alternative.
Try It: Use the V Shaped Zafu in Legs Up The Wall.
Find The Supportive “Hugging In” Feeling
To find total relaxation we have to let go fully. To let go fully we have to feel supported. There is no better way to find that support than being wrapped in a Wool Blanket.
Try It: In Supported Bridge fold a Wool Blanket length wise and wrap it around your hips to find that supportive “hugging in” feeling. Bring your feet wider than hip width and let your keens drop in to each other.
Slow Down + Connect with Your Awareness
Restorative yoga lets the body and mind slow down, and then one can become present. The light sensation of a prop on your body can bring awareness to a specific area on your body that may need some extra attention and love. One way you can focus this awareness is by using the Natural Therapy Pillow or Eye Pillow.
Try It: Place the Natural Therapy Pillow on your stomach or back and bring your breath and awareness in to these areas.
What are some of your favorite yoga props to use in your restorative practice? Tell us in the comment section below!
Thank you to Wendy Eyton who stopped by the Halfmoon office to share these creative ways she is using props in her restorative yoga practice and classes.
Wendy is an E-RYT 500, BCST, RCST® and is part of the slow revolution. Wendy can be found teaching at The Path Yoga Centre in Vancouver, BC.