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There is more than one way to do a pose

Another of my favorite way to open my shoulders and practice forearm balance is using the yoga chair and the yoga wheel.

The use of the yoga chair was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar and the chair is a tremendously useful tool to open the shoulders and upper back. ๐Ÿ‘

The yoga wheel, on the other hand, was developed by another yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra to loosen the muscles of the back, realign posture and support arching of the back.

When props was introduced long time ago, there was a perception that they are made for students who couldnโ€™t do certain poses.

Students all tried to use as few props as possible. It doesnโ€™t help when teachers say โ€œUse a block IF YOU NEED IT.โ€

Likely the student would refuse, and say, โ€œThanks, I donโ€™t need it.โ€ ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

This mentality has slowly changed when yogis began to develop using special props to not only deepen the practice but also to practice advanced asanas.

I used to be the one who turned away the yoga block too. Not only that has changed, I canโ€™t Iive about my props.

Then I started teaching Yoga with Props series; I got trained on teaching Yoga Wheel, Chair, Aerial, Wall Rope.

You get the drill. ๐Ÿง˜

And as a teacher, I constantly come up with new ways and find new possiblities on how to use these tools.

Beside using blocks and straps (see the video I posted few days ago), the chair and the wheel are my favorite go-to prop for practicing forearm balances.

There is more than one way to do a pose.

Blocks. Straps. Wheel. Chair. All good.

Internally rotate or externally rotating the arms; Holding on the chair leg or the wheel. Why not?

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ โ€“ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜, ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ? ๐—œ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜†. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

We self-inquire. We experiment. We try things out.

We grow, we revise, and we keep our minds open and adapt.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ. ๐Ÿ™

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