By: Diana Ross, E-RYT500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga
The use of yoga props when doing yoga develops an inner awareness and encourages paying attention to the core of our being instead of merely the outer self (the physical self). Through a series of yogic breathing techniques and restorative poses there comes a feeling of profound physical and emotional unfurling, as though the body was unfolding and extending for the first time. When we experience the support of the props the body will to be guided into place, and will then reveal the held stress and tensions. The awakening of these held tensions, and then the release of these tensions allow for the moment to come forward and the stressors to leave. This all provides for the opportunity to let go and allow the healing to continue.
Intuitively when stressors appear we can seek out the pose and the props to allow for the unfolding and surrendering. There is a natural or intuitive response that directs us to a particular action in a pose; this response is therapeutic if performed correctly. When we realize internally we are supported psychologically to achieve or come into the pose, our depression and the sense of physical limitations that are all part of any illness, dissipates. In using the correct props, muscle strain could well be reduced, and we are then guided to assume a correct pose that is within our own limitations. The props can thus transform a pose that could be potentially stressful when done incorrectly, into a pose that brings tremendous relief when performed correctly. Props also call attention to areas of the body that need to be addressed structurally. They will provide a sense of direction for getting into the pose correctly which otherwise without them we couldn’t achieve.
About Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.