5 Important Props for a Prenatal Yoga Class

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Props are a very relevant accessory to any yoga exercise. In my prenatal yoga teacher training I learnt that in prenatal yoga classes, there are many props including large bolsters, blankets, foam blocks and straps are used. It is important because when the pregnancy progresses and a mom’s belly develop, the props actually make a yoga practice not only pleasing, but they also provide much-required comfort and support. The physical transformations of pregnancy that take place within a woman’s body, usually mean that it require to change or modify poses and props help to support this. Here we discuss 5 important props for a prenatal yoga class.

1.Meditation Pillows

Meditation Pillows are excellent props for meditation practice. They help to support the body during pregnancy in various meditation postures and in prenatal yoga to create proper adjustment and comfort.  During pregnancy, your meditation practice can be enhanced by the usage of these Meditation pillows.

How to use:

Place the meditation pillow under your hips when you are in Meditation pose and with these comfortable meditation pillows relieves your aches, pain, and reduces stress on joints and accurately supports your spine during prenatal yoga poses that will help to achieve peace of mind.

Sukhasana is practiced in prenatal yoga for reducing hip tension and reducing anxiety. Meditation pillow supports the hips and bends them forward to easily make you sit up straight, while your legs fold beneath you and without the pressure of your body weight.

  1. Bolster

A bolster is a large, firm, narrow, usually cylindrical or circular cushion or pillow that is excellent for a pregnant body and resting back over it, is an amazing opening for your back and chest. A bolster can be put under different parts of the body for firm yet comfy support to help complete relief and relaxation. Prenatal yoga can have a deeply soothing impact on the mind and nervous system and bolster is a prenatal yoga’s best support system.

How to use:

To perform prenatal yoga in Savasana, the bolster can be put behind the back. The ability to relax on your back especially grown into your pregnancy is an authentic treat.

And in Child’s Pose or Balasana set the bolster over your calves and comfortably sit back on it as you stretch forward, providing space for your developed belly.

  1. Blanket

A yoga blanket is another perfect prop for prenatal yoga. A yoga blanket is thicker and heavier than a normal blanket, and when you sit on it or drive it around, it doesn’t start to unfold. In prenatal yoga, yoga blankets are used to sit on, to support the legs and hips in stretches, and it can be used to soften pillow or thicken other props in other prenatal poses.

How to use:

In Savasana, a yoga blanket can be placed under your head for cushioning and under your belly for comfort and support while you are lying on your side.

  1. Yoga Blocks

In prenatal yoga, blocks perform the excellent task of making your arms extended. This is great when you are practicing a low lunge and you want to reach the ground beyond your growing bump. This is their most basic use, and they are amazing for that purpose.

How to use:

Putting a block under the hips in Sukhasana is excellent and very comfortable for prenatal yoga poses. Sukhasana stretches the spine and opens the chest, collarbones, and hips. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety and relax the mind during pregnancy.

In Seated Forward Bend pose the block can be placed in the same procedure as Sukhasana to help to draw comfort to the forward bend.

  1. Yoga Strap

A yoga strap is very helpful to perform prenatal yoga poses. In prenatal yoga, you can use it to get it easier to reach to your feet which are suddenly so much far-awayfor your developed belly in pregnancy. You can practice with a strap that attached a ring clasps to create a loop and hold the body to help in prenatal yoga poses.

How to use:

In Cow Face pose or Gomukhasana, you can set the strap between your hands to help secure them together; it is an incredible stretch for strong shoulders and hips.

In Dandasana set the strap around the balls of your feet to enable your back to sit up taller. This stimulates your back muscles and opens your shoulders and chest and gives a gentle stretch.

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