Three Ways to Use Yoga Blocks to Improve Your Practice

Build a better practice, one block at a time.

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Improve your balance in your practice and everyday life with yoga blocks.Unsplash/Dane Wetton

Yoga blocks are always recommended in studio classes, and you may have had an instructor share ways to use one. But if you’re building an at-home practice, you may wonder whether these accessories are necessary. Short answer: Yes. They can enhance your practice, help you work on easing into challenging postures and can also be used in a variety of restorative poses. Whether made of cork, foam or other material, yoga blocks have a distinctly gentle and firm feel that’s hard to find from materials around the house. Plenty of streaming workout videos incorporate yoga blocks, and using them can help you enjoy your yoga session more, even if it’s only a few minutes long.

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Yoga blocks are often used as props to aid in reaching or stretching. For example, if you can’t bend over and touch the floor, you can bend over and touch a block. But blocks can be just as critical for maintaining proper alignment throughout practice and strengthening muscles. Consider putting a block between your legs during a Sun Salutation and squeeze it for an added workout for your inner thigh muscles.

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Remember when balancing on one foot was so much fun as a kid? It’s just as fun for a yogi at any stage in their practice. Step on a block during tree pose, or kneel on one during mat work. Stability work can push our muscles to work harder and improve our balance in real life, too.

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Yoga blocks can also make meditation and relaxation poses more comfortable. Placing blocks under your sit bones while sitting cross legged can get your knees lower than your hips, which can make you feel more stable and ready to relax. Experiment using blocks to find how to enhance the positions that already feel good. Following along to a YouTube video can also give you ideas about how to make the most of blocks for a workout that makes you sweat (and makes you go ahhh).

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