Even the ancient arts - including yoga - are not immune from evolution. While original yogis did not use props such as sticky mats (foam mats with non-skid backing), foam blocks (pillow-like aids to cushion joints) or D rings (straps with D-shaped metal adjustment rings, used to help achieve or hold difficult poses), some modern practitioners find that props help them to ease into new moves, master more difficult poses or deepen their experience.
When deciding about props, consider the following:
•Why are you using them?
•Can your body do without them?
•Are you willing to let them go at some point?
If you're a stickler for tradition, you can still benefit from age-old methods of stabilizing your body such as a wall or the assistance of another person to enrich your yoga experience.
By Dr Weil