Ever got something that was “one size fits all” and just unbelievably amazed at how perfectly it fit you? Anyone? Bueller..? Bueller…? Probably not. Why should yoga be any different?
Let me break it down for you. Yoga poses have variations. These variations are so anyone can practice these poses to their ability, without injury. Just because you “always” see a pose practiced this way or your instructor “always” shows/instructs this way, does not mean it is the only way. In fact, I hope all teachers are encouraging variations to students having a tough time.
Some variations involve props. These props can be blankets, blocks, a chair, bolsters, or straps and they are extremely helpful. I had someone tell me they “sucked” because I put a block under them and IT HELPED. No, using a prop or taking a variation does not in any way mean you suck or are doing something wrong. it means you are letting go of your ego to ensure your body is getting the most out of the yoga.
I use props. I love props. I use variations. I love variations. I encourage you all to try different variations of some poses. Even if you do not necessarily need the variation, still take it, try it, and take the time to reflect the difference you feel.
What is your favorite variation? Do you have any poses you would like to see variations for? Have you tried a variation?