This need can be due to the fact that you are still a beginner and your body is not completely flexible, or as an aid in case of an injury that prevents you from performing certain postures.
The practice of yoga started as a spiritual activity and works as a means to eliminate tension, stress and bad energies so that you achieve a better balance in body and mind. To achieve this practice correctly, some yoga accessories could help you.
BKS Iyengar is responsible for popularizing the use of yoga props to facilitate the practice of Asanas or postures. He looked for a system in which anyone could practice it, and that each position could be disarmed to its simplest form and thus to have a greater precision in the execution.
In addition, by using the yoga props, there is less danger of injury, because you are more aware of the control of movements. For beginners it is vital, since the joints and muscles do not have a great toning.
Each element has a specific form of work on the body. They are basically use to achieve greater elongation and openness to the entire structure. It also allows you to stay in position for longer, with less effort, thus achieving a more pleasant sensation.
The yoga props for practice are very varied, but can be classified according to their purpose:
• Postural correction, since they act as support or compensation for a good alignment of the body.
• Greater and better muscle stretching, stability and body opening.
• Greater specific relaxation throughout the body (pranayama, meditation postures, yoga nidra).
1- Yoga mats
Mats are perfect for performing standing or sitting Yoga postures. There are a variety of yoga mats such as rubber and cotton. Some are thinner and some are thicker, the cotton ones being the best because they absorb perspiration and keep you from slipping.
2- Blocks or Bricks of Yoga
These will help you get a correct alignment regardless of whether or not you are flexible. They are perfect for beginners and are often found in various sizes and materials, the most effective and economical being those made with foam. The child’s posture or Balasana, for example, may need a block to support the forehead.
The straps are use in Yoga to perform postures where the limbs need stretching. Some of them come with buckles or fasteners and other soles. They are perfect for those who have little flexibility.
4- Pillows or Cushions
The pillows or cushions for yoga help support you and ensure a proper anatomical alignment in the most demanding asanas. Use them to feel more comfortable and to calm the tension of the muscles of your back, abdomen and legs. Yoga pillows are free in different shapes, sizes colors and materials, with which you will probably find the one that best meets your needs. They are also a good prop to have while meditating, so you can sit more comfortably.
Yoga blankets, folded, assist in cushioning. You can also use them to cover you along the asanas at the end of a session, so that neither the cold nor the air currents distract you. They are especially recommende for when you practice yoga nidra.
The bolster is like an elongated and rounded cushion, which has a certain volume and is of a soft texture. It serves to lean on you and raise some areas of the body if you wish.
In yoga, sandbags are use to make more emphasis on stretching with a little extra weight. Put one on your belly to feel more of your abdominal muscles when breathing. Another use that can be given is to lift or support certain parts of the body. Almost always they sell them empty and can be fill with sands, beans, corn kernels, rice, wheat, small stones and so on, so you can regulate the weight.
8- Swing Inverters
It is a swing that helps you maintain the postures in which you need to invert your body. It is use only in very specific exercises.