And unless you're not addicted to Instagram like I am, you've surely seen yoga's newest must-have prop ... the yoga wheel.
There are several different companies out there who now sell yoga wheels (mine is from Kurma). They come in different sizes (you can choose between the "basic" size wheel, the "mini" size wheel for users under five feet tall, and the "plus" size wheel for users over six feet tall) and materials (although most are covered in yoga-mat material on the outside for optimum traction and stability - they won't roll away very easily which lets you push yourself a little deeper into your challenging poses).
Unfortunately, the yoga wheels don't come cheap ... they first came on the market with a price tag of between $90-$150 - but they've dropped to about half of that now because of their popularity and all of the different companies who've jumped on the bandwagon. That's still a lot of money for a prop, and I wasn't completely sold as to how much rolling around on a wheel would help me with my practice. But, after continually seeing the yoga wheel show up more and more in my social media feeds, and seeing the progress others were making by using it, I became a believer and got one for myself.
I quickly became obsessed.
Here's the deal ... even though I'm well aware of how important it is to sit with correct posture while at my keyboard (sitting tall, shoulders relaxed, elbows in a slightly open position, and wrists straight), I get busy. I focus on what I'm writing instead of how I'm sitting, and end up hunched over my desk for eight hours a day.
And I know I'm not the only one.
That's where the yoga wheel comes in. If you sit on the floor and slowly roll backwards on it, the yoga wheel will massage the entire length of your spine in a safe but deep way. It's an amazing tool to help reverse our culture of sitting and rounding the shoulders forward.
Want more ideas? Click here to see a gallery of all the ways I use my yoga wheel. Or, search the hashtag #YogaWheel on Instagram.