Why use Yoga Blocks?

Also known as bricks in the yoga world, blocks are tools yoga students can use to make certain asanas (postures) more accessible.  Since every human body is different, poses will look and feel different for each student.  Blocks can assist in improving the feeling of the pose.

The main physical aim of asana practice is to find freedom in the body and the primary path of doing so is by focusing on lengthening the spine. Props such as blocks can aid in keeping yogis not only aligned properly but also assist in honoring the integrity of the spine and length in the sides of the body (from the waistline to the armpits).  Remember, it’s not what the pose looks like in your body, it’s what it feels like.

Pay attention the next time you’re in Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) or Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon).  If you feel congested in the spine or collapsed on one side of your body, that’s a sure sign a block can help.  If you have trouble breathing in a standing twist (i.e. Seated Prayer Twist) with the arms open, consider using a block.  The block might just give you the little lift you need to open your chest and ease the flow of breath along the spine.

Blocks come in different shapes, sizes and materials.  In addition to blocks, other props you might consider using are straps, bolsters, blankets and chairs.  Yoga practice should be playful.  Mix it up by using props to explore.  For instance, try doing an entire practice with a block.  You might be surprised what you learn.  More importantly, you might be surprised how much better your body feels.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sam on November 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Simply think that if you don’t know about Yoga and on the other hand I know a little bit about yoga than I can simply show you what little I know. We will do this by sharing our knowledge and if simple that if you know more about yoga than you are also a yoga teacher. When we give training for Yoga Teachers at our place than it’s totally with complete focus on you without any type of disturbance and daily distractions. If you are deeply interested in yoga than this is a great way to learn how to become a Yoga teacher.


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