What Yoga Props To Buy For Beginners

Breast Cancer Authority Blog  Yoga Mat GiveawayBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Starter Yoga Props

Yoga props aid in several therapeutic functions which includes emotional support. They offer a nurturing emotional support to the entire body and/or areas that need to be specifically nurtured, and are in need of rest. Often, the poses most beneficial for a particular condition may not be attainable due to physical limitations. However, these poses can become possible with props, while still allowing for any limitations or  lack of strength. Consequently, without the use of props the speed of recovery would not be as apparent. In a therapeutic setting, the sequence of the poses and the amount of time each pose is held is as important as the pose itself. The supportive nature of props enable a person to remain longer in the pose comfortably, than without their support.

Props are there to help us get the very most out of each pose. Here is a list of our top 5 props that we use in a restorative yoga practice and that every beginning yoga student should know about.

Starter Yoga Prop Kit

  1. Yoga Mat creates a sacred space for you to begin your practice.
  2. 4 inch Foam Blocks (2 each) can provide the support and the height needed to do a safe and correctly-aligned pose. If you cannot bend over and touch the ground, then bring the ground up to you.
  3. Round Cylinder Bolster for use under back and shoulders for a great heart-opening stretch, and under knees to relieve any lower back strain.
  4. Yoga Blanket for additional padding, you can also fold them up and use them as support during a pose.
  5. Yoga Strap used to hold your hands and/or feet in case you can’t reach them. They also help to hold your limbs in place while you’re in your pose.
Diana RossAbout 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.
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  2. I’ve been doing yoga for the last 2 years. I now feel more active every day. this is a god gifted for my body.

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  3. I have quite recently started yoga and am astounded at the extent to which it assists with portability.

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  4. I would love to donate one to the Wellness Place in Inverness Illinois where I volunteer as a therapeutic yoga teacher


  5. Di Clark says:

    I do hope you win this!


  6. Danielle Remillard says:

    I would love a chance to win this. I have lost 160 lbs with the help nutritionists and personal trainers… And meditation the keep the urge to binge at bay. I am now left feeling a lot lighter but with an awkwardly unbalanced body. I have been doing hot yoga for about a month now in an effort to balance out.. Well I’m starting with the legs. It would be nice not to rent equipment from the gym when I go. Please help me out with this next leg of my self improvement journey.


  7. Jessica says:

    This would be a great win! I just started yoga and i feel happy whenever i can accomplish something i previously couldnt.


  8. I practice yoga every day….the mat is my salvation….


  9. I have just begun yoga and am amazed at how much it helps with mobility. I am almost two years from completion of chemo/radiation.


  10. Di Clark says:

    After 40 years of self-taught yoga, I became a yoga teacher. At 65, I realized how intimidating it was to walk into a studio with young yogis. Now I teach seniors and we are having a blast. I believe that yoga for breast cancer survivors would be equally rewarding! By the way, I am paying it forward to the seniors who are mostly on fixed incomes, and hope to be able to help breast cancer survivors as well!


    • Di, I totally relate with you. I teach seniors too and we are quite the community of love and support. In this community we have hip, knee or shoulder replacements, lung disorders, cancer recovery and whatever else. You name it, we have it. I also offer a discount so everyone can continue their practice. I guess what I am saying is just invite everyone one in. We are a “one size fits all” kind of class, and it has been working for a very long time. I feel blessed doing this.


  11. Amy Hood says:

    3 years since I was diagnosed & treated —what a treat! ; ) for stage 3c breast cancer. Yoga has been a huge part of my recovery, and has helped me to regain my former range, and more! My best positive thoughts to all you women (and some men, too) who are engaged in this crummy battle.


  12. Chris Witherspoon says:

    Yoga has helped me recover from breast cancer surgery tremendously. Through the art of yoga and meditation, I am able to focus on healing not only physically but also emotionally and spiritual.
    No matter what type of limitations you may have, yoga is very beneficial.


  13. JUDY BALINER says:

    i am a 2x cancer surviver and just finished breast reconstruction. could use a yoga mat to destress!


  14. Arlene Radford says:

    After surgery I didn’t think I would ever get back full range of motion in my arm. I purchased just the restorative yoga dvd (I couldn’t afford to get the props so I wrestled a bit with pillows and rolled up blankets until I got it right!). I can’t begin to tell you how much it has helped my recovery. I love your newsletter and everything it has to offer. Thank you, thank you, thank you….!!!!


  15. Debbie Young says:

    Yoga to live + Live to yoga 🙂 smile 🙂 inspire 🙂 I am 7 years out from stage 3 breast cancer and living healthy and well. Thank You Breast Cancer Yoga! , Debbie Young


  16. Christine Garrott says:

    I am just starting to explore yoga as a complementary therapy – I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to the bone on March 17th, after having completed treatment for my first occurrance at Thanksgiving last year. With no cure in sight, I’m looking into every modality I can that will improve my quality of life. Thank you for this offer!


  17. Kathe Ramage says:

    I am new in fighting this cancer, but believe that “yoga” has proven to be my best medicine. Thank you for your educational as well as inspirational information available to use during this trying time.


  18. Janice Roebuck says:

    I love Yoga. It helps me to find balance physically, emotionally and spiritually.


  19. Kim Hoagland says:

    I am a brand new yogi! It’s almost 1 year since I took my 1st class! Loving it!


  20. Nadia Janson says:

    I HATED pink until I got b.c. Now it’s my favorite color. Did a research study last year for yoga/meditation at U of MN and haven’t stopped yet…


  21. Trinity River says:

    Yoga is the single most beneficial health – way of life I know. I have done it 6 years on and off and when I am off; I sure know it. Yoga is so much more than stretching and I’ve come to learn why its called “a practice” not an exercise and not anything else. When practiced regularly, even if that is once a week, the body and mind benefits will show in about 3 to six months. and if you take a break and go back to it, your body will remember. If you are thinking about starting – may I offer a few tips?
    Not all yoga teachers are the same. Find your teacher – I myself like a gentle flowing relaxing class and I do that. Some like hot yoga. I dont recommend that for menopausal women. and please do start with a beginners attitude and class, not just a CD if you can as the experience of peace found in most small yoga classes is also truly beneficial to the cancer struck body.
    Ask your teacher for stretches for parts like lymph nodes underarms and chest if you have surgery. Paying attention to those and creating flow adds oxygen and makes it feel better. I do a back care yoga class as I sit all day. When I dont go I have back issues. And dont worry about anyone else there except your teacher and a good teacher will say “of you cant do this, do this instead” and if anything hurts do not do that thing! being “present” is part of practice and that means focus on you. and do not give up after first try or if you didnt liek that teacher. Find YOUR groove and go with it.
    Its your body, make it do waht you want ot to do.


  22. Lynne Walters says:

    My sincereco wishes for a healthy recovery a future for everyone.
    Yoga has so many benefits and I would love to win!


  23. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the add. I thought about trying yoga and what it will do for my health.


  24. This would be an amazing win to show my support for breast cancer survivors and research! Amazing giveaway!


  25. I started yoga about a month after my last treatment and I fell in love!! ❤ It is so relaxing and calming yet is strengthening at the same time!! I also enjoy all the helpful tips on your blog every day! Thank you!!!😃


  26. Veronica says:

    I’m a survivor and would love to start yoga I need relaxation after cancer losing my home to the bankers and then losing all our belongings two yeas later to hurricane Sandy I’m ready lol. Thank you for your site that in it’s self relax me and gives me a smile.


    • Di Clark says:

      I do hope you find a yoga instructor who will be sensitive to your financial needs. If you happen to be in Kentucky…………….. 🙂


  27. Theresa Harding says:

    What fun! Thanks so much for your blog and the wonderful information.


  28. I am a wanna be yogi. After gaining the confidence to join a yoga class last year, I stopped after several months due to severe knee pain. I was scheduled to have a knee replacement, but had to postpone due to other medical conditions. Presently, my knee pain issues have been resolved through injections; and, my health care providers all agree that I can restart yoga. Before returning, I will purchase the supportive items in the Yoga Starter Kit. Thank you so much for sharing.


  29. Rochelle Donnino says:

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  30. Janice Montgomery says:

    I am almost done with treatment! I ❤️ Yoga!

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