It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the yoga props that are floating around. From blocks to blankets to bolsters, it's hard to know what's worth using — and how to even use them. As a yoga teacher who has been working on her flexibility for over 10 years, I've gone through my fair share of tools and props that promise to improve your overall mobility. In all my experience, the one that actually follows through on that promise is the Dharma Yoga Wheel.
This simple prop is exactly what it sounds like — a wheel that can be used for all sorts of stretches and yoga postures. However, you don't need to be a yoga aficionado to reap all the benefits of the Dharma Yoga Wheel. If you have one of these at home, you can take it out anytime you have a few extra minutes and want to increase your flexibility.
I've found that this wheel is especially good to open up your back, hips, and hamstrings. But the sky's the limit. There are endless creative ways to use this prop, so whatever part of your body is feeling sore can find release. When you purchase your Dharma Yoga Wheel, it comes with a visual guide to some basic stretches, but you can always look online and on Instagram for inspiration.
The more often you use it, the more flexible you'll get. And if you're a yogi, you'll notice a significant difference in your practice over time. Backbends and splits will eventually become much easier.