How Yoga Blocks Can Help
Help with flexibility and alignment! It’s no secret that many yoga poses require flexibility. Beginners can use blocks to raise the floor if they lack the needed flexibility to touch the mat on their own. Many times, pose alignment is sacrificed when students try to force themselves to stretch too far, so the blocks can also help keep proper alignment.
Yoga Poses Made Easier
Blocks can be used in Triangle or Trikonasana to help with both balance and flexibility. Beginners are likely to have issues with reaching the lower leg or earth, yoga blocks can help raise the earth and prevent straining. Triangle Pose also presents a balance test, a block can help you find stability. It’s important to remember not to place the entirety of your weight on the block, use it as an aid but try to use your core for stability.
Standing Forward Fold Pose:
Much like Triangle Pose, blocks can be used with Standing Forward Folds to help raise the floor if the student isn’t flexible enough to reach the ground. Tight hamstrings can prevent attaining the full posture in many poses, blocks are a great way to keep proper alignment instead of reaching for the ground if the hamstrings are too tight.
Restorative Poses & Bridge Pose:
Many restorative classes focus on holding poses for much longer periods of time. In these classes, blocks and other props are instrumental in providing support so that the poses can be held longer. In Bridge Pose, sometimes the block can also be placed between the legs allowing the student to squeeze the block between their thighs.
These are just a few examples of ways to use yoga blocks. Many postures can be aided with the use of blocks and other props, especially poses that require flexibility, balance or support for longer posture duration.
Types of Yoga Blocks
Foam yoga blocks are by far the most popular type of yoga blocks today. There are many reasons for their popularity. These blocks are the cheapest to purchase, you can find them online at very low prices. Foam blocks are soft and light, the blocks also come in a wide variety of colors. However, foam blocks are not as eco-friendly as cork or wooden blocks. Usually, foam blocks are made from recycled EVA foam.
Cork yoga blocks are a nice compromise between foam and wooden blocks. Cork blocks are eco-friendlier than foam blocks and in some cases just as environmental friendly as wooden blocks. Naturally, these blocks are made from cork, cork is a renewable source and comes from the Cork Oak Tree, the bark can be sourced without killing the tree. Cork yoga blocks are still light and durable. These blocks are more expensive than foam blocks but should last longer.
Wooden yoga blocks are the most expensive type of yoga block and the heaviest. However, these blocks are also by far the most sturdy and durable. Wooden blocks are hollow and are typically made from Maple, Pine, Bamboo and Birch. Sometimes these blocks can weigh as much as 2.5 pounds.
Choosing A Yoga Block
These blocks are the cheapest and the lightest, they also come in a wide variety of colors.
Foam blocks are the softest and the most comfortable and are used widely in restorative yoga classes. Foam blocks also the offer the most convenience for the traveling yogi.
These blocks are the softest but don’t provide as much stability in many poses.
Foam gets dirty easily and can also loose its shape over time.
Some foam blocks also arrive new with a funky smell.
Cork blocks are very eco-friendly products.
These blocks are still soft but sturdier than foam blocks. Cork is also heavier than foam but not as heavy as wood blocks.
Cork only comes in one color, but it matches everything.
Cork is good for absorbing sweat, but after a while odors can develop. However, like foam blocks, these blocks tend to grip the mat and prevent sliding.
Cork blocks are more expensive than foam blocks.
These blocks stack well if you have several to store.
These blocks are by far the most expensive and heaviest.
Wood blocks provide little comfort but excel at providing a sturdy surface.
These blocks will last forever and look nice at home.
Wood blocks can get very slippery and slide around on a wooden or carpet floor. These blocks don’t stack well for organization or for poses requiring two stacked blocks.
Most yogis find wooden blocks to be uncomfortable if used in restorative postures.
These blocks will also make the most amount of noise as you move them around.