Make sure you stay warm during meditation otherwise often all you can think of is how cold you are, which is not conducive to a calming state of mind. So bring socks, blankets, pillows – wear layered clothing as the weather gets cooler. Some of us need a bolster for under our knees or a rolled up towel or blanket when lying in relaxation so the legs can relax onto the bolster and the lower back can lengthen. There are chairs at Mitchelton – for those of us with sore lower backs you can also rest your legs on a chair – get me to show you if you do not know what I mean. Those of us who get sore knees in kneeling postures – firstly make sure you have a good solid mat – some are only 2 or 3mm thick and are not kind to your knees when on hard flooring. I use a 6mm mat which is supportive for my knees whereas when I had a thinner mat I found that my knees could feel a bit sore. When on one knee I just use a scrap of foam that I bought at Clark Rubber for about $2 and then I made a little pillow case for. I know that little gardening mats can also be purchased for around the $4 – $5 mark – at K Mart I think but probably other stores as well. Another idea I have used is to get 2 tea towels or hand towels, roll them lengthwise and wrap rubber bands around them top, bottom and middle. They can then be made into little circles as knee supports.
Wow, I did not realise I had so much to say about props!! Take the time to think about what you need, notice in class