However, I recently co-led a Yang-Yin class: one hour of vinyasa followed by one hour of restorative yin. Back to back, no break in between other than a few moments in deep relaxation to facilitate the transition. This was the first time this session was offered at the studio and we didn't know what to expect. To every one's great amazement, it was incredibly well received. Folks who usually do restorative Yin got to warm up with Yang, and those folks who primarily did Vinyasa, got to slow down and melt into the Yin poses.
But for me the question remains. Should I be using more? How would it affect the flow of the class? Would I be facilitating a dependence rather than strengthening a practice? Or encouraging someone to move deeper into a pose they didn't think was feasible?
So I ask of you, what are your thoughts on propping in the lineage you teach in or participate in? Do you wish for more props if you don't have any available? Or do you find you prefer minimal props? My guess is the answers are going to be as varied as a field of flowers.
Editing to add: Sara from Do Restorative Yoga asked the exact same question back in September. Please take a moment and see what she had to say on the topic from a Restorative viewpoint: To Prop or Not to Prop. Thanks Sara!
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