Props at Home
by Linda Shevloff
While doing my practice today I got to thinking that perhaps some of you would be interested in a prop of mine. As I don’t have room for a backbender in my condo, this chair with a back bending extension is a boon. It is my normal folding chair but it has an attachment which is curved and once attached, transforms the chair in a backbending bench.
It is a very good support when I want to remain in viparita dandasana for a longer time. I originally purchased it from an Australian company but it was manufactured in China.
Another one of my favourite home props is this sectional setu bandha bench that I can store in my closet because it stacks into a small unit. It’s something I designed years ago and then had a carpenter make it. I can use a single box on its side to become a sirsasana support. I put a chip foam block or two inside to narrow it. It is also possible to stack one box on top of another for a halasana support. I have to place a sticky mat between the boxes so they don’t slide, so it’s a bit tricky but it’s also very handy during these times.
It’s nice to have a range of versatile props at home.
This article was originally published as two separate articles in the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria newsletter.