If you're in the market to score some restorative hardware,
the following are RYC-tested and approved!
YTU THERAPY BALL PAIR IN TOTE
The Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls measure at about 2 1/2" in diameter each and are made of a special rubber that grips at your skin, grabs at multiple layers of muscles, and rubs out adhesions and tension, providing a deep tissue massage (colors may vary). Includes mesh drawstring snug-grip tote.
THERAPY BALL PLUS PAIR IN TOTE
Slightly larger than the original Therapy Balls, these measure about 2 3/4" in diameter and were developed by popular demand. They cover more surface area and add height to obtain a greater depth of pressure. Use them in their custom designed snug-grip mesh tote for spine rolls (top of the neck, down to the sacrum), as well as IT band, thigh rolls and so much more!
The ALPHA BALL measures at a sizable 3.5" in diameter, providing a massive amount of sheer and grip. It's ideal for areas like the QL, pecs, buttocks, hips and other large muscle mass; use it against the wall and roll along the chest, shoulders and scapula, or go deep into your QL, low back and hips. Its soft top layer and dense inner core allows you to roll over and around bony prominences -- there is absolutely nothing like it!
The Coregeous® Ball is an inflatable air-filled sponge ball with a unique soft-stretchy "skin" that's used to massage and activate your core and stretch your psoas. This special tool allows you to gently and safely access your innermost abdominals. (approx. 20" round circumference - sizes will vary)
If you want to start your restorative collection with just one prop, let it be a rectangular bolster. And let this be your first pose together: Sit with your lower back touching one of the bolster's short edges and recline. Yum!
Pictured: YogaAccessories Rectangular Yoga Bolster
A wool blanket is the workhorse of restorative props. This one by Manduka is soft but still folds beautifully and holds its shape in all configurations.
Pictured: Manduka recycled wool blanket
These foam blocks by Manduka provide padding for poses where body meets prop without sacrificing the sturdiness required to construct sound restorative scaffolding. Pictured: Manduka recycled foam block
How do I love thee, eye pillows? Let me count two ways. Light pressure on the eyeballs 1) lowers heart rate and 2) increases relaxation. Pictured: YogaDirect Cotton Lavender-Scented Eye Pillow
Straps are super versatile. For example, you can use a strap to lengthen your reach and complete the shape of a pose or bind your limbs and let it all go. Pictured: Hugger Mugger D-Ring Yoga Strap (10-Foot)