Props are to yoga what training wheels are to bicycles – a temporary solution. Props and variations, while not recommended for practitioners who are already “broken in”, are helpful for beginners who may have difficulty reaching their optimum potential without external assistance. Occasionally, yoga schools are lured into purchasing a whole range of props, so instructors have no choice but to suggest that students use as many of the props as possible – in order to milk the investment, so to speak. It is up to us as students of this discipline, to try and make maximum progress with minimum props, so that we do not subject ourselves to the all-motion-and-no-movement virus. Props must be our aide, not our crutch.
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