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The 10 Best Household Yoga Props for Your At-Home Practice – Livestrong

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Don’t own a bolster? Use a blanket or couch cushion as a yoga prop for your restorative poses.

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If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we’re capable of doing a lot of things from home — including practicing yoga. We transformed our dining room tables into our kids’ school desks. And that quaint corner in the living room? It’s now our office ​and​ home gym.

I went from teaching yoga in person to …….

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Don’t own a bolster? Use a blanket or couch cushion as a yoga prop for your restorative poses.

Image Credit: AndreyPopov/iStock/GettyImages

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we’re capable of doing a lot of things from home — including practicing yoga. We transformed our dining room tables into our kids’ school desks. And that quaint corner in the living room? It’s now our office ​and​ home gym.

I went from teaching yoga in person to solely teaching it online, and one of the things I noticed from students was that they didn’t have certain yoga props, like blocks and straps. So we got creative and substituted with everyday items.

For example, a towel or scarf is a great alternative to a strap, and a book can be used in place of a block. These things not only helped people continue their yoga practice at home, but they also helped people save money and storage space.

Between your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, I gathered some of the best household yoga props.

You probably already use a towel while getting your flow on, whether it’s to wipe away sweat or cover your eyes during ​Savasana​. But a towel can be handy for other yoga uses, too.

For starters, if you don’t have a yoga mat, you can spread a large towel on the floor and secure it by placing little paperweights on its corners.

You can also use a towel in place of a bolster by folding a large towel in half and rolling it the exact way you would roll your yoga mat. Once it’s rolled up, you can place it under your head or knees during ​Savasana​, as well as other restorative poses.

If you don’t have a yoga block at home, use a thick, sturdy book or a few chapter books tied together. Blocks provide height and length to help you get into certain poses or deepen stretches — and books are a good alternative. They also give you some support if you don’t quite have the balance to maintain a pose.

For example, when you’re doing ​Parivrtta Trikonasana​ (revolved triangle pose), your hand may not easily reach the floor so using a book can help you get into this pose and deepen the stretch.

3. Food Storage Container

Yup, those plastic containers are for more than storing your leftovers. If you have some durable lunch boxes, you can use them in place of yoga blocks. Although containers or lunch boxes may not be as heavy as a dense book, they can add length to your poses.

If you’re doing a seated Forward Fold, for instance, you can place a container at the soles of your feet to make the stretch more intense for those who can grab their toes.

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Source: https://www.livestrong.com/article/13768297-household-yoga-props/