Make Yoga Easier — & Better For You, Too

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Yoga class isn’t just a random series of poses woven together and set to an Enya soundtrack. Each flow has a purpose, and every posture, from headstand to seated spinal twist, has a specific body benefit. The trick is that to reap all the good stuff, you need to be doing the pose with proper form — which is not easy, especially if you aren't naturally flexible.

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But, don't roll your yoga mat up and store it away just yet. Utilizing basic props can help correct alignment, explains Women's Health. Yoga tools — such as blocks, straps, and blankets — can improve your practice by helping you move more comfortably and confidently throughout different asanas. Newbies and regulars alike can benefit from a little fine-tuning, courtesy of these props. For example, using blocks and wedges can provide a little extra height, letting you "reach" the floor and get grounded — even if you're actually inches away.

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Click through for a breakdown of four common yoga props, including what they do and how to use them. Now, there's no pose you can't do — and your mat won't be so lonely, either. (Women's Health)

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