While I could easily hop on Amazon and order up a few items for yoga props, that can get expensive.  So instead, one option is to use common household items…things you already have on hand.

Here are a few ideas of common household items you could use as substitutes for yoga props so you can enjoy your yoga practice a bit more …

Yoga Blocks

Yoga blocks are typically around 9 inches in length, 5 inches in width, and 3 inches in height, but it’s not a requirement to get the dimensions exactly precise. A good place to start looking for substitutes is on your bookshelves and in your closet.

  • A thick book or several books tied together (wrap these in a towel if needed)
  • A shoe box or other similarly sized book, filled with something so it doesn’t collapse easily
  • Folded towels or blankets can work as well


Yoga straps are wonderful for working on going deeper into your stretches, but not everyone has one lying around at home. Try looking for substitutes again in your closet and anywhere else you keep supplies.

  • A scarf
  • A tie
  • A belt
  • A robe belt
  • A piece of rope
  • A jump rope


A bolster is really just a long pillow with more stuffing than most pillows for greater support. Head to your bedroom or linen closet for substitutes for this one.

  • A towel or blanket rolled/folded
  • Pillows
  • A cushion from your couch or other type of upholstered furniture


In all seriousness, nobody really needs a yoga-specific blanket. All you really need is any type of blanket that you’re okay with potentially getting a bit sweaty.

  • A beach towel
  • A blanket from your bed or perhaps a blanket you use when you curl up on the couch to watch a movie or read a book

Yoga Mat

If there’s one thing most yogis have, it’s usually a mat. There are, however, times when we forget where we put our mats, or we wash our mats and need to leave them out to dry, or sometimes we even leave our mats in the car on a hot day and ruin their stickiness.

When you want to get your practice in but are without a mat, try taking your practice to carpeted flooring or use a rug that has non-slip padding. You may be able to get away with practicing on a towel or blanket as a substitute for a mat, but carpets and padded rugs are ideal for being easier to grip and to avoid sliding around.

  • Beach towel or other larger sized towel (just be sure you are on a non-slip surface it using one of these)
  • Exercise mats in general will work fine
  • If you are practicing in a carpeted room…perhaps just a towel or blanket when you are on the ground

Meditation Cushion

  • Stacks of blankets or towels
  • A thicker pillow or cushion


  • Remember that chairs should be sturdy
  • Assure that they are placed on a part of the floor where they will not slide


Don’t let a lack of props prevent you from continuing your practice.  Look around your house, and get creative.  Play with different options and see what works best for you. And then relax and enjoy.  Namaste!