The Best Yoga Prop Substitutions You Already Have At Home

You might have been in a pose where you were just a few inches higher from the ground than you needed to be, or gone in for a bind and found your fingers were only a few inches from connecting. If this has happened to you, you might need some yoga props. But, before you start filling up your online shopping cart, check out these yoga prop substitutions that are perfect for any at-home practice.

Now more than ever before, yogis are pushing their couch to the side or heading down into their basement (or bathroom) to practice yoga. A yoga class used to mean a 15-minute drive to your nearest studio, but as online yoga classes get more advanced, many people are finding that they love practicing in the comfort of their own home. But, have you ever practiced at home and found yourself without the tools you need for class? 

If you’re looking to replace your yoga block…

you’ve got a few different options. Yoga blocks are one of the most common yoga props and are great because they can help students master postures that require flexibility and balance and aid students in deepening twists and building strength. If you’re looking for a little lift, you can try a rolled-up towel. A typical yoga block is 9 inches in length, 5 inches in width, and 3 inches in height, so you can also try using a step stool, a stack of hardcover books wrapped in a towel, a dictionary, a water bottle, or a shoebox filled with some harder items. 

If you’re looking to replace your yoga strap…

you might be surprised what you can find around your home. Yoga straps can help provide support and form alignment, improve posture, and get an incredible stretch. Beginners can also use a yoga strap to help with forward folds or side stretches. If you don’t have a yoga strap already, you can use a necktie, a scarf, a bathrobe tie, or a cloth belt. If you have an old towel lying around, you can also cut a long strip from it and use that as a strap. 

If you’re looking to replace your yoga blanket…

you’ve probably already got exactly what you need. In all honesty, a yoga blanket is just a warm blanket you don’t mind getting sweaty. You can replace your yoga blanket with any blanket that won’t make you too hot or sticky. Natural materials like cotton, eucalyptus, and wool tend to breathe better than other materials and might also be antimicrobial. You can also use a towel or a bedsheet. A nice thick blanket is a suitable replacement for a yoga blanket because it’ll keep you warm and can be rolled up to be used as a pillow, bolster, or block. 

If you’re looking to replace your bolster…

look no further. Bolsters provide comfort, support poses, and increase stretching during restorative postures and deep breathing exercises. Bolsters tend to be one of the most expensive yoga props and one of the most difficult to replace. The difficulty with reproducing a bolster at home is that they’re pretty firm and an odd shape. The best option might be to roll up an extra yoga mat and cover it with a towel, but you can also roll up a towel or blanket or use a body pillow. 

Your yoga practice is all about discovering what is best for you and your body. Feel free to get creative and have fun during these changing times. Each yoga practice is unique, and you can make it personalized to your exact needs by creating the perfect at-home yoga props for you. 

PS – want the real deal? Stop in the studio to purchase your yoga props.

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