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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    March 3, 2014

    I love teachers that set up their mat with block so that everyone will follow suit. They set an example that using block is not a failure in some way, but a benefit that everyone can use. I used to feel like you did, that blocks were an indication of being a beginner, but I finally realized that as an older yogi, with a runner’s tight muscles, blocks were my friends.
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  2. Lisa @ RunWiki
    March 3, 2014

    Whew–thought you were going to say not to use them and I would feel like a dork. I am so tight that I could really use three blocks stacked up! haha! You look amazing btw! That gorgeous body is strong and beautiful!

  3. Melissa Burton
    March 3, 2014

    I’m a supported bridge girl all the way! I also use a block for sitting in easy pose, goddess pose (sometimes) and extended side angle.

    Perhaps you have an AAY segment about how do you get past the hate (yes, the hate!!!) of certain poses? I hate chair, plow and shoulder stand so much. Not very yogic thoughts but so very true….at least for me.

    Thanks lady!
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  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    March 3, 2014

    Great series idea Christine! I love it already. I’m super bendy and most times let my pride get in the way of using yoga blocks. “I don’t need those I can touch the floor” etc. But then I had a teacher give me blocks one day just to play around with and I found that they don’t hinder my practice but enhance it that much more.
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  5. misszippy
    March 3, 2014

    Yay! So excited to see this post! And I am totally going to buy a block…exactly what I need. I also enjoyed the explanation about internal/external rotation–makes so much sense. Thanks for the post.
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  6. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    March 3, 2014

    Love this idea!! I admittedly don’t use a lot of prop in my practice, but I do find the straps help me with my tight hamstrings especially! This is such a great series idea!
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  7. AmyC
    March 3, 2014

    This series is going to be so helpful to me! I need to invest in some blocks, quick!
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  8. Linz @ Itz Linz
    March 3, 2014

    love the start of this series!! you’re the perfect yogini for this! :) :) i have used blocks more now that i’m pregnant, especially for balance!
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  9. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    March 3, 2014

    I’m glad the answer is yes. I definitely need them for some moves! Great idea for a series, too.
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  10. lindsay Cotter
    March 3, 2014

    looooove this series! can’t wait for more. and good to know about the props. I only used it once for pigeon.

  11. Alison
    March 3, 2014

    I’m all for using props, especially straps, when we’re doing those tricky poses when I need to rotate my shoulders and put my arms behind my back – I have a dodgy right shoulder. :)
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  12. Katrina Elle
    March 3, 2014

    I LOVE PROPS – MAD PROPS help me have better form and progress with yoga moves great post girlie!
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  13. Katie
    March 3, 2014

    oh good! I love the block!
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  14. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    March 3, 2014

    What a great idea for a series, especially for yoga virgins like myself. I have no doubt I’d require some serious props (and maybe the Jaws of Life) to stretch my tight hammies & shoulders into some of these poses!
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  15. Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com
    March 3, 2014

    I used a block and bolsters in a yoga class that I went to recently and it made a huge difference. Great information.
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  16. Brittany@ Delights and Delectables
    March 3, 2014

    i’m so excited for this series!! i’m trying to get into yoga!
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  17. Elle
    March 3, 2014

    I use a block occasionally when I do a Flow Yoga class but I don’t use one at home. hmmm.

  18. Tamara
    March 3, 2014

    I do use props on my practice! I am laughing because I always thought I’d be one of those photographers who don’t use props, but sometimes, you can’t resist. And people want it.
    Anyway, I apologize because I know very well you’re talking about Yoga!
    And I love this post.
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    • Christine Yu
      March 3, 2014

      I love this comment so much. I do think that the idea of using “props” applies to lots of different aspects of life and I love learning how it applies to you and your photography!
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  19. Kerry
    March 3, 2014

    As someone still new to yoga – I started practicing about 7 months ago – I definitely rely on the blocks. Initially, I was a little embarassed since I thought it would be viewed as a sign of weakness, but I’ve come to recognize how important they are in helping me get the right alignment and stretches. I am still working on loosening up my tight hamstrings and hips. This seems to be a neverending challenge! Can’t wait to check out this new series! Great idea!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      Thanks Kerry! Yes, those hamstrings and hips are tricky things, aren’t they? But, as I’m sure you’ve heard, it is about practice and opening your heart to the possibilities. I find that once I stop struggling to get into a pose, I can do it much easier!
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  20. Ilene
    March 3, 2014

    LOVE this new series. And I am a HUGE fan of props! I bet I’ll have a question or two for you in the months to come. This is awesome.
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  21. Allie
    March 3, 2014

    Great idea!!! I definitely use props. I have no choice since I’m not that flexible from all the running and cycling. I enjoy using them b/c I feel I can more fully get into the pose!
    Looking forward to more next month…
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  22. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly’s
    March 3, 2014

    Love this series! I have so much to learn. My first yoga experience wasn’t exclusively a yoga studio so they only had blocks and straps. The second studio I went to had bolsters and blankets as well, so I would be interested to know are certain things better for certain poses? Or better for newer yogis, etc? Also, the only person I have seen use a bolster is someone pregnant, but maybe that was just the class I was in?
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    • Christine Yu
      March 3, 2014

      I love your questions Kelly! Just want to clarify – Do you mean are certain props better for certain poses or are certain props better for newer yoga practitioners? I wish every class used bolsters. They are often used more in restorative yoga classes (where you relax into the pose so the bolsters help to make those poses more comfortable) or yin yoga classes (you hold the poses longer so the props help you sustain that hold).
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      • Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly’s
        March 6, 2014

        Both? If you can answer both! I wish they did too. Or studios held intro to props classes haha!
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  23. Taylor @ Lifting Revolution
    March 3, 2014

    Love yoga props! I want to get Dan a set soon as he is getting so into yoga! What do you recommend for a mat? Ours slip all over the place = annoying!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      Did I respond to you about this? I have a Jade mat that’s pretty great and sticky. I also have recently been using a Gaiam Sol mat which was made specifically for hot yoga so it absorbs sweat and keeps you from slipping around. He could also just get a yoga towel like a skidless one (I think that’s what it’s called) and place it over the mat.
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  24. Megan Thode
    March 3, 2014

    I love using a block for supported bridge. I do have a question about the blankets – is it just to keep us warm and toasty? Curious! Thank you!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      Hi Megan!

      So sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you on this! Blankets definitely help to keep us warm and toasty at the end of class in savasana but mostly we use them to help elevate our hips in seated postures (for those who are less open in the hamstrings or whose pelvis has a posterior tilt or rounded lower back). They are also helpful to add padding in some poses like Pigeon pose. If you have tight hips and your hips are super high off the ground, you can use blankets in the space between the ground and your hip, again helping to bring the ground up to you rather than forcing your hip down.

      Hope that helps!
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  25. Axel (@ Iron Rogue)
    March 3, 2014

    Great idea for a series! Very informative post, I may post my own question soon!
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  26. Kelsey at The Primal Yogi
    March 3, 2014

    Great idea for a post series! I will definitely think of some questions and send them your way!

  27. Kim
    March 3, 2014

    Oh – I’m going to enjoy this series!! And, I’m so happy that you said yes to the props. The only way I can remotely do triangle is with a block. Even with a block, my head doesn’t touch anything on a forward bend!
    Teaching external and internal rotation isn’t something I would have even thought of – now I’m happy that I have my yoga blocks.
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  28. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    March 3, 2014

    What a GREAT post and awesome series idea! Can’t wait to read more :)
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  29. Jody – Fit at 56
    March 3, 2014

    I am going to love this – now to make so money so I can take a class. :)

    I am curious which type of yoga you would suggest for a beginner that is looking for more flexibility & peace of mind too – :) So many different types of yoga!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      That’s a great question. I’m actually writing a post about that and it will be up soon!
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  30. Emily
    March 3, 2014

    I am excited about this series, too! I didn’t start getting really into props until this pregnancy. Now, I couldn’t live without my blocks and bolster. I don’t have a strap, but use a stretchy exercise band sometimes. Love #2. Haven’t thought about that in awhile! Namaste :)
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      Thanks Emily – working on internal and external rotation with the block is probably one of my favorite ways to use a yoga block!
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  31. TriGirl
    March 3, 2014

    Oohh, I never heard about using blocks for rotation! Now I’m going to go read your yoga for runners posts! Can’t believe I missed those!
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  32. Becky @ RunFunDone
    March 4, 2014

    Pause. What is going on on those gorgeous wooden floors? Is that some sort of burned pattern? It’s so pretty!
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  33. She Rocks Fitness
    March 4, 2014

    I used to be so “anti” yoga props, but now I love them! I had to put my ego aside and realize that the props will make me better, stronger, and more open. I am a big fan of blocks especially for revolved triangle. I also love the straps for opening my hamstrings and hips. GREAT POST! XOXO
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  34. Becky@TheSavedRunner
    March 4, 2014

    This is very interesting! I am new to yoga, but I am loving it! I have thought about getting a block, and you have really made me want one!
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  35. Jess
    March 4, 2014

    Such a great post series idea! Yoga can be intimidating evwn though that totally goes against what yoga is about.
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      Isn’t it funny how yoga can be intimidating and stressful when it’s supposed to help us find our calm?
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  36. Shana Norris
    March 5, 2014

    I love this, Christine. When I took yoga classes, I always felt like a failure if I needed blocks. I’ve since began to see them as a tool to help me do poses correctly. My hamstrings have always been and probably always will be very tight, so props are almost a must for me.
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  37. Holly
    March 6, 2014

    I appreciate the classes I’ve taken where teachers took their time to explain props like you have. Now when I’m in faster-moving classes I know when I can use a block or strap to aid my practice. It’s good to remember how they can help!
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  38. Joyce
    March 7, 2014

    LOVE this post!!! xoxo

  39. Yoga Jamey
    October 6, 2014

    Great examples. A few I haven’t seen before. The supported bridge is something I am going to do first thing in the morning!

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