Exercise 9. Use of a prop to define a movement

Props are used to achieve effect (to change the experience of the asana) not merely as a support. This exercise clarifies how the trainee can develop understanding in the student.

See inside cover of this booklet for a summary of the use of props.

Teach an asana with the use of a prop to clarify the asana or to improve the student’s performance. Examples: heel to a wall in ardha chandrasana; a block in utthita parsvakonasana to flex the hip correctly; hands to a wall in parsvottanasana to equalise the hips and emphasise the anchor of the back heel. For the student  this exercise provides insight into the asana. Working with this exercise redefines how the student feels and thinks about the asana.