Getting Creative With Props Made Me a Better Teacher
Updated: Jul 11, 2020
By Allison Ray Jeraci
Photo by Andrea Killam
I'm often asked how I come up with creative ways to use yoga props. Well, for one thing, I’ve been fortunate to teach at places that encourage the use of props and that invest in props because they see their value in supporting students.
I've also been lucky in drawing immense inspiration from brilliant teachers who use props in ingenious ways—teachers such as Carrie Owerko, Jenni Rawlings, Alison West, and Jivana Heyman. But some of my favorite propped variations have arisen from experimenting in my own practice and working one-on-one with students. They are the results of trying to find ways to help myself and others to feel physically, mentally, and energetically connected to our yoga practice and to get closer to the intended physical target.
The bulk of my creative process is informed by the struggles I’ve experienced in my practice as well as by my students’ struggles in their practice.