In direct contrast to last week’s newsletter, where I was making the case for using props in yoga as a compelling way to experience ease and integration, this time I will play devil’s advocate. After all, one of the best things about yoga is that you don’t really need any special equipment other than your body in order to practice. You can extend your arms and legs, rotate your spine, and expand your lungs in numerous configurations and in any location. Sometimes I just love the freedom of moving my body in space and then making space inside my body without the interruption of gathering and then assembling props. I like the solitude and efficiency of those occasions, and I’m guessing that it’s a similar sensation experienced by running enthusiasts who simply put on their shoes and run straight from the front door. This week’s new release, Prop-less Yoga, features an energizing sequence of poses that was designed to open up tight shoulders and hips without the aid of blankets, blocks, or straps. Give it a shot next time you’re in the mood for efficiency and simplicity, or when you just want to feel free. Hope you enjoy!