Even beginning students can understand that breathing is important in yoga. The knowledge of this complexity can sometimes present a barrier to learning. As students become fixated with the length and quality of each breath, their concentration on other equally important aspects of the lesson weakens. In order to prevent this, the yoga instructor must teach the importance of breathing in a relaxed and conscious way.
The common thought among students is Yoga props prevent injuries, provide a form of scaffolding for students to work up to harder poses, and give students the confidence needed to progress in their yoga practice. However, my apprenticeship with Aura Wellness Center made me aware that props helped people in the therapeutic sense.