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How to Use Yoga Blocks: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

How to Use Yoga Blocks: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

If you’re a beginner to yoga, or have been practicing for a bit but just can’t seem to improve your flexibility or strength, you are probably under utilizing a very important tool: yoga blocks.

Yoga blocks have been used for decades, and were specifically created to aid yogis of all levels in their practice.

But the thing is, when you go to a studio or take a class, they don’t really give you the 101 on how to use blocks to help you. There are a lot of different ways you may have not even thought of that you can use them for.

 

Why should you use yoga blocks?

Yoga blocks are a really savvy tool to use to help you substantially improve your yoga practice and physical well being. Here are a few things they help you with:

I promise after you read this article, you’re going to immediately want to go get yourself a pair of your own blocks! But FIRST, make sure you get the right ones.

 

Which yoga blocks are best for you?

There are a few different types of yoga blocks, and you’re going to want to pick the one that best suits your practice and your goals. They go based on material and thickness.

Different block materials

  • Foam: These are softer and lighter than the other two types we’re going to go over. These are best for beginners as they may be more comfortable to use in supportive postures.
  • Cork: Some people feel that foam blocks don’t provide enough grip, or are too light for their liking. Cork is the next best option for beginners as they are softer than wood blocks and are heavier. They are also eco friendly and usually last longer than foam blocks.
  • Wood:Yoga blocks were originally in wooden form. Today, they are usually made from bamboo. These are much harder than foam blocks, so I would not say these are best for beginners that are going to use them in restorative poses. The upside is they practically last forever and are very sturdy, but of course that means they are more expensive. They also tend to lose their grip when you get sweaty, so keep that in mind.