nuts and bolts

Home props

With a little imagination, you can find props all over your house. The obvious ones are blankets, pillows, and towels. I have several Tae Kwon Do belts inherited from my son that make excellent straps. But it’s also good to look at the architectural details of your house and at your furniture to see what you can use.

Here’s a setup for supported Ustrasana, made out of yoga blankets and bolster on two round stacking stools.

Setup for supported Ustrasana (camel pose)

Our coffee table works well for supported Chatush Padasana. Mary Obendorfer taught me this setup for my disk-degenerated neck, and I believe it is also in Iyengar Yoga Asana Alternatives: Neck and Shoulders, by Lois Steinberg.

Chatush Padasana on the coffee table

Here I’m using the wall between our family room and the hallway to do supported Supta Padangusthasana. (Note the yoga ropes – I did have to buy those and pay some guys to make that bit of wall.)

Supported Supta Padangusthasana on the wall

I’d be interested to know what anyone else has found to use around the house.