Yoga blocks are an essential piece to any yoga practice.
Utilizing blocks during yoga was originally popularized in the 1970s by B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga.
Blocks were one of many different props that Iyengar used in his classes to make yoga available to people of all ages and skill levels.
Yoga blocks can be a valuable tool in your daily practice in several meaningful ways. They can be used to make poses more comfortable or to aid in achieving difficult poses.
Blocks shorten the distance to the floor, aiding range of motion by acting as an extension of the arm.
They can assist in establishing correct alignment as a support for the back, head, hips, or legs.
When used in handstand training, yoga blocks train the hands, forearms and shoulders leading to straighter, stronger handstands.
Yoga blocks are typically 4 x 6 x 9 inches or 3 x 6 x 9 inches. Their shape allows them to be placed in different positions offering varying levels of support.
There are many different types of blocks available and which type of block will work best for you is a matter of personal preference.
The most commonly used type of block is foam. Foam blocks are usually the most affordable, and tend to be more versatile and comfortable when used under the back or head.
One of our favorite sets of foam blocks are made by Gaiam.
Cork is another very popular option of yoga block that provides more support than foam, but is less firm than a wooden block.
If you feel that cork might be a good fit for your practice, we recommend considering Manduka.
Keep in mind that while the Gaiam foam blocks come in a set of two. The Manduka cork block is sold individually.
The second is a wildly popular bamboo block offered by YogaBody.
Sold in a set of two, these smooth bamboo blocks have a 3mm non slip rubber bottom. Perfect for classic handstands, lotus legs, handstand roll-overs and countless other variations.
YogaBody blocks weigh 1.8 lbs. each, but keep in mind that they are slightly smaller than standard blocks at 4 x 5.5 x 7.6 inches.
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