How to Use Yoga Blocks

Yoga Blocks are used to align, assist, and increase the stretch. If you can’t quite reach the floor, or feel as if your pose is collapsed on itself rather than spread out, this is where the block comes in handy. Thanks to Josh Polyak for the pictures and for all of his questions about my yoga equipment, leading to the creation of this blog.

  1. Easy Pose – When sitting in mediation our spine should be lengthen up to the ceiling and our sits bones should be rooted and pressed firmly into the earth. Sometimes its hard for people to sit straight up. This block will give you the extra boost to find core strength and the length needed to support this pose.
  2. Chest and Shoulder Opener – I love beginning my classes like this, but I  have to walk around to make sure that everyone is situated; the blocks must be placed just right for absolute comfort. Place the block on the high level ( or medium depending on flexibility) where the head would be. Place the medium level block ( or low ) where you upper shoulders would be. Lay back on the blocks making sure the block behind your head is flat (ponytails are a known problem in this pose). If you can, get someone to check that the blocks are flat. This should feel very comfortable, if it’s not, then the blocks are in the wrong place, or too high for your flexibility.
  3. Half Moon – Half Moon is a pose of balance, core strength and flexibility.  If you have a problem stacking your shoulders, or reaching the floor, the pose will be compromised and become a lot harder than it has to be. Use a block under your hand to to align the shoulders and bring the floor closer to you.
  4. Reverse Triangle – I need a block here! This pose is a toughy for me. Not only are you in triangle, but then your torso spins, and your shoulders still have to stack, while the back of your legs are being stretched to their best potential. So why not take a little bit of that intensity away and add a block. Trust me, you’ll definitely still be working.
  5. Child’s Pose w Shoulder and Armpit? Opener.- I feel this stretch most in the side of my shoulders, sides of my armpits, chest, hips, lower back. Yeah you name it. This is one of those poses you never want to come out of. The key here is to make sure you are able to sink into child’s pose. A lot of people put there blocks out too far so there tush is in the air and they’re basically in puppy pose. First find out where your child’s pose settles, and then add the blocks under your elbows.
  6. Camel Pose – Camel is all about pushing those hips forward. To help feel that stretch without having to reach all the way back to the heels, reach to the blocks instead. Place the blocks outside of your calves, lean back, press your hips forward and find your hands on the blocks.
  7. Take flight – Practicing taking flight, but still need the strength? Practice pushing up on blocks, squeezing your core and using your arm muscles. This will give you an extra boost off the ground and help to get your muscles ready to perform!

Check out the link below for 2 yoga blocks and a strap. Strap blog soon to come!

2 Yoga Blocks and a Strap

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