“The body is the prop for the soul. So why not let the body be propped by a wall or a block?”
SITTING IS THE NEW smoking, and sitting over a keyboard for hours can contribute to tightness in the hips and legs; in addition to neck, shoulder, and back pain and discomfort. This is the very antithesis of yoga asana.
Using the rebounder as a prop during yoga sequences enables you to feel the benefits of the postures regardless of your level of flexibility, age or physical condition. It can help you access postures you might not otherwise be able to do. It will help modify the poses as you learn the fundamentals of yoga. Placing your hand on the rebounder in the Half Moon pose, for example, can help you to lengthen the spine and deepen the stretch. Similarly, lying on the rebounder can strengthen your lumbar spine in poses like Bridge.
It was Iyengar’s ingenious use of props that helped practitioners at all levels to gain the sensitivity of a pose and receive the benefits over time, but without overextending themselves. Students were able to practise the poses and breath control with greater effectiveness, ease, and stability.