Another good tool is a yoga belt or tie. A yoga tie or belt will help you go further into your stretch. Place the tie
around your foot when stretching an extended leg. Or hold the tie between your hands to get a full range of
motion in an arm stretch behind the back.
A yoga block is useful for those people who lack flexibility in poses where you would put your hand on the floor,
such as triangle pose or side lunges. You can get different types of blocks. Generally the foam 4 inch blocks
are best, and they are lightweight.
A blanket or pillow can be used to sit on during sitting poses. This helps people with tight hips. Sit on the edge
of the pillow or blanket and let your hips fall forward. You can also use them to help cushion or prop up any
body part that needs help in a yoga pose.
Foam yoga wedges and pillow bolsters are also good props. The wedges add cushion so that you can place
them under your knees when kneeling. The bolsters are great for placing under your knees when lying on the
back. This takes strain off of the lower back.
Eye pillows are nice to use during savasana which is the meditation/relaxation part of the yoga class where you
lie on your back with eyes closed. They will help you relax and shut out the world. You can get them scented
and you can use them to help you fall asleep at night!
Gripitz Blocks will help reduce wrist strain when doing yoga poses that place weight on your hands. They look
like dumbbells but they are made of foam. These are great to help those people who have a hard time bearing
weight on the wrists.
t's nice to practice to the background of relaxing music. You can find alot of CD's under the topic of "music for
yoga". You can find music on iTunes, amazon.com or at your local Borders book store under the New Age
Instructional DVD's come in all levels and styles. Choose the one that is right for you. For example, you can find
yoga instructional DVD's that focus on prenatal, back care, beginners, or advanced. Read the reviews on
amazon.com to help you choose the right one! With an instructional DVD or CD you can practice yoga in the
privacy of your home and on your own schedule.
A few accessories will help you in your yoga practice and a yoga mat is essential.
The most important tool for practicing yoga is the yoga mat. You can buy mats that are
extra long if you are tall, or extra thick if you have tender knees.