As some of my students ask me “where can I get [insert name of prop here],” I figured it was appropriate to make a quick list of some of my favorites.
Mat: Manduka Prolite I was sold on the lifetime warranty, but make sure you follow the instructions for proper care, or you’ll void it.
Blocks: Manduka Cork Block or the Yogree Foam Blocks. Most days, I use foam blocks, as they are fine for my purposes, and fairly comfortable to sit on and easier to hold between your hands and legs for postures where you use it for bracing. However, you cannot beat a cork block for stability, especially if foam blocks start to buckle under your weight.
Bolster/Cushion: YogaAccessories Supportive Rectangular Cotton Bolster I use this for seated meditation as well as propping in yin and restorative poses. At Alpha Krav Maga Boston, we improvise and use Revgear Punch Shields, which are great for double-duty, but I wouldn’t recommend them solely for bolstering purposes.
Strap: REEHUT Yoga Strap (6ft, 8ft, 10ft). Take your pick of the appropriate length. For most purposes an 8ft is fine, but if you’re going to be wrapping the strap around your torso and shoulders, the extra length or a 10ft won’t hurt.