Yoga for Every Body: 7 Ways Yoga Props Power Up Your Practice

By
Nina Zolotow, RYT 500
beginner yoga tips for practicing Warrior II Yoga Pose

Although we’ve heard that some yoga teachers say using props is “cheating,” we couldn’t disagree more! In fact, it took some effort for me to whittle down the reasons why we think props are so beneficial—and lovable—to just seven. Yes, we love yoga props so much because:

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