In yoga, props are often used to help students safely and/or more deeply access a pose otherwise unavailable to them. The most common props are blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters.
Other props may include the wall, sandbags, eye pillows, tennis balls and variations on these themes. At their essence, props are supporting elements for a practice. On this page you will find some of my favorite supporting elements and resources for yoga and other areas of life.
“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This where the respect and devotion and the love come in. That we do it to God and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.” – Mother Teresa
Grace & Gratitude
“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.” … Grace [is] the force that infuses our lives and keeps letting us off the hook. It is unearned love – the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you.
Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there…
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. – Anne Lamott in Traveling Mercies
Listening to the Still Small Voice
A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”
His friend said, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!”
“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”
“That’s crazy,” said the friend. The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.
“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have superhuman ears!”
“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for.”
“But that can’t be!” said the friend. “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.”
“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply. “It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you.” He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk.
And then, even with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs. “See what I mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what’s important to you.”
What’s important to you? What do you listen for? If you are in tune with the Great Spirit, you will be able to hear when He speaks.
AFFIRMATIONS – positive statements of emotional support and encouragement.
I love notion of taking Biblical promises and speaking them aloud; putting the promise of God into action in my life. Here are some resources and examples of Biblical promises as affirmations:
Affirmations to balance your chakras.
There is at least one essential oils to help support so many emotional and physical states: uplifting (peppermint), calming (peace & calming), centering (frankincense), grounding (lavendar), amplifying (joy), detoxifying (purification) and more.
Learn more about Young Living essential oils, or use the Peaceful Points Essential Oils tag on the right menu to see posts about integrating oils into your yoga practice and daily routine.