I wanted to share a few photos and tell you a bit about this prop and if you live around here invite you to come for a lesson and try it!
I was a bit hesitant about getting it as it is a bit large, but I can already feel where it has helped me realign and adjust in some of my poses. And a quote here from Mr. Iyengar, "The Body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in."
History of the Yoga Horse:
There is not much information about why Mr. Iyengar decided to design this prop for use but I did read that he had seen a bar attached to a wall and started using it for some poses and found it helped with aligning the back more. Because the feet were slipping though he added the legs.
A prop itself is not always needed, but can be so useful in getting feedback and help with correct alignment, so that when you move away from the prop that intelligence stays with you .
This prop can help when pregnant as it gives support so a mother does not overdo and really helps allow more space to come to the lower abdomen. Baby is happy with more space :).
If infirm or over coming an injury or illness the horse helps give It also is good if injured stability.
Really all the props were designed to make yoga accessible to all.
Here is a great post by Marla Apt on the use of props:
Here are a few photos of some poses I was practicing.