Yoga props

Yoga Props 101

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hello everyone I’m ready welcome to

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luscious Lotus yoga I love teaching and

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practicing restorative yoga I find it to

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be a very calming quiet healing

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nurturing practice we’re so busy in our

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day-to-day lives and so much in our

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heads so I find this practice really

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helps quiet the mind relax the body and

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ease tension for the restorative

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practice for requires some equipment and

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these things are called yoga props so in

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this video today what I’d like to talk

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to you about is the kind of props that

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are available and what are the ones that

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I suggest for your restorative practice

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so we’re gonna start with a yoga belt

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and it’s just like a belt that you would

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use to hold up your pants except it’s

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quite a bit longer

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this particular belt has a d-ring buckle

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and you’ll also find them with plastic

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buckles and you’ll find the belts in

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different lengths I really recommend the

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d-ring because I find the metal buckle

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is good and sturdy and in terms of

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length I would go for an either an 8

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foot or a 10 foot length to be able to

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use it for more things and a yoga belt

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will probably cost anywhere from 10 to

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15 dollars something like that next I’m

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going to talk to you about bolsters this

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little guy here is a favorite and this

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is the one I carry around everywhere

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it’s usually have one or two of these in

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my car as you can see most of the

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bolsters or at least I recommend that

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you get a bolster that has a zippered

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cover that you can remove and wash when

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necessary so this particular bolster is

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8 inches in diameter it’s 24 inches long

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it’s lightweight it’s easy to carry

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around and this is the size of bolster

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that I can I would recommend for anybody

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with a smaller frame or that it’s very

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sensitive in their body has some very

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tender areas in the body so it’s a great

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beginner bolster but I love it and I

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have this as well as a bunch of other

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ones in my studio all the time and I

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always alternate between

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all of them so this bolster would

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probably cost $40 or more depending on

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where you would get it the next bolster

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is a little bit larger

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this particular bolster is about 10

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inches in diameter and is 28 inches long

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it’s a lot heavier denser this is a

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personal favorite of mine and it also

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has the zipper so that you can remove

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the covering to wash it and this size

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bolster will probably cost probably $50

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or more and the next bolster I want to

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introduce is a rectangular bolster so as

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you can see it’s got a lower profile

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it’s a rectangular shaped end this is

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the kind of bolster I use for teaching

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simply because it’s the most

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user-friendly it’s the best suited for

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almost any body type and you can use it

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in any restorative pose and so this also

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has a zipper so the size of this one

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and five inches in height it’s 10 inches

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wide and about 32 inches long so it’s a

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nice long shape really very good for

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people that are taller and this size

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bolster will probably cost $60 or more

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so if you’re not sure which one of the

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three to start with if you’re in the

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market to just purchase one to begin

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with I would really recommend that you

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go with this one

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for your first bolster okay so we’re

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gonna move along to the blocks first

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block that I’m gonna show you is a cork

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block this is a personal favorite I find

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that they’re sturdy they’re smooth

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they’re a little bit heavier and they’re

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made of cork so I believe that there are

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more earth friendly and they’re a

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renewable resource so that’s kind of

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cool they come in either three or four

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inch height either one is fine and I

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would

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recommend that you get at least a couple

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of these so I think Cork blocks are

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probably anywhere from $12 and up okay

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next we’re gonna move to the probably

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the most common block that you’ll see

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this is a foam block it’s lightweight

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it’s easy to carry around this

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particular one is a four inch height

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they also come I believe in a three inch

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height these are great multi-purpose

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block they’re not quite as stable a

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sturdy as the cork ones but they’re

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really great to have so I always make

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sure that I have at least a couple of

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these as well as a couple of the cork

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blocks handy for my practice these are

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inexpensive they’ll probably cost

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anywhere from five to I don’t know a

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maybe eight or ten dollars each

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something like that and then you may

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also come across these these are

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probably one of the first blocks that

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came out many many years ago this one I

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believe is made out of rosewood it’s

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quite lovely but they are heavier

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they’re not as forgiving so if you have

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a sensitive body this may not be the

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best choice for you and I find that they

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slip a little bit more so I just wanted

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to show it to you as an option so that

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you have an idea of what’s out there and

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then the last one that I want to show

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you is a little bit of a different block

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it’s two inches in height it’s 8 inches

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and 12 8 by 12 inches and these are

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really good for propping certain areas

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if you needed to a little bit of height

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underneath your arms if you have tension

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in your shoulders or any kind of pain in

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your shoulders these are also made out

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of foam they’re inexpensive they’re

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probably eight to 15 dollars each and I

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would recommend that you get at least

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two of these two or four of these would

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be a really good a really good thing to

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do okay we’re gonna move along to the

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blankets we have a few a few kinds that

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I want to show you my favorite and

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probably the one that you’ll see the

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most often is what’s called a Mexican

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blanket this particular one’s a solid

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color but you’ll often see them in yoga

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studios they have stripes or a geometric

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pattern with a little bit of it

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so on the bottom these are really easy

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to work with they’re washable they’re

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soft they’re easy to stack one on top of

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the other and these blankets will

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probably cost you $20 and up so I would

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recommend that you get at least one of

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these but even better if you could get

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to your course welcome to use any

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blankets that you find around your house

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you just want to try and get two or

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three or four blankets that are all

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about the same size and that’s sometimes

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can be a bit of a challenge you can also

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use towels the next blanket that I want

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to show you is a cotton blanket so these

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are super soft I believe this particular

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one is made out of unbleached organic

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cotton they’re lovely to work with

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they’re not quite as thick as the

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mexican blankets so you may need more of

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these so and because they’re a little

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bit more expensive you may want to stick

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with the Mexican one but I just want to

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at least show you these there I really

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like them and these will probably cost

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twenty-five dollars or more the next one

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I want to show you is a wool blanket and

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this will blanket it’s it’s heavy its

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dense it’s really nice to work with

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however a lot of people don’t

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necessarily like the feeling of this

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wool against their skin so it’s not for

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everyone

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I’ve heard people also call these army

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blankets so maybe that will ring a bell

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for you the wool blankets are a little

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bit more expensive they’re they require

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a little bit more care when you’re

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washing them so this is unless you’re

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really a big fan of wool maybe not your

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first the first choice and they probably

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cost $25 and up to to get some of these

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but they’re really good to work with as

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well and then the last blanket I want to

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suggest is a fleece blanket I wouldn’t

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suggest that you use these in place of

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the other blankets but it’s good to have

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a few of these around just for some

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extra propping or a little bit of

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cushioning behind the head get the

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smaller ones that are

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Zita stock or easy to fold and they’re

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they’re not expensive I mean I think I

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bought a whole bunch of them and they

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were four dollars each or something like

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that so it’s great to have a bunch of

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these I recommend that you get two or

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four of these small fleece soft blankets

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and then I’m going to show you a

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something that’s optional but I really

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highly recommend is an eye pillow you

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can get Wyatt pillows probably just

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about everywhere they’re often filled

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with lavender to help just bring in that

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sense of calmness when you cloak when

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you close your eyes and you rest this on

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your eyes it just feels really soothing

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I’m not everybody likes to have it but I

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just wanted to mention that’s a nice

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thing to have particularly for your

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final posture of your sequence so people

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will often use an eye pillow in their

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shavasana so I think I’ve covered the

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basics on the props in terms of where to

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purchase them it’s just important to

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keep in mind that if there’s so much

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that’s available online a great

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wonderful products that are available

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online and just to be aware that if you

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are shopping online just be aware of

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where you’re buying from because if

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you’re buying from if you’re live in

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Canada and you’re buying from the United

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States or if you’re you know ordering

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from a different country you have to

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factor in the weight particularly of the

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bolsters so you have to think about what

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it would cost for your shipping also the

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any exchange rate or duty fees so try to

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keep that in mind when you’re placing

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your order online I really recommend

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that you buy locally whenever you can

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most of the props that I’ve showed you

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today are available in yoga studios or

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or suppliers so you can shop around or

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you can even contact me if you wanted to

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know about a place in the Montreal area

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where you can get these yoga props so I

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hope this video was helpful for you

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today and you learned a little bit more

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about what you need for your restorative

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yoga practice in the coming months I

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will be introducing some yoga videos and

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hopefully you’ll have all of this

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equipment with you so that you can we

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can start our practice together I’m also

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going to be

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doing a follow-up video on how to make

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your own props at home so for anybody

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that has there’s a little bit more

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budget-conscious that’s not quite ready

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to invest the money into the yoga props

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I’m gonna have this video that will show

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you how you can make your bolster and

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your blocks and your belt from the

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things that you have around your house

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so have a great day everyone and I’ll

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see you soon

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