Over on my Facebook page, I’m offering a series of videos highlighting the use of props – starting with a look at yoga blocks (new videos will be available Mondays at 4 p.m. EST).
If you are looking to purchase yoga blocks for your own practice, here are a few factors to consider.
- Size: Blocks come in a variety of sizes including 3 inch, 4 inch, and 5 inch. The size refers to the width of each block. I prefer 3 inch blocks because my hands are small and they are more comfortable. I know several practitioners, however, who prefer the 4 inch blocks because they feel more stable in poses where they are transferring more weight into the blocks.
- Material: Blocks come in a variety of materials including foam, cork, and wood. Foam blocks tend to be lighter and cheaper and are what you will see most commonly used in studios. Cork and wood are made from more sustainable materials, tend to be a more dense, are more durable, and are more expenseive. I have both foam and cork. I like the cork better in my home practice but it’s nice to have foam ones if I’m throwing them in a bag to practice away from home.
- Quantity: I honestly don’t understand the trend of having or using only one block in a practice. A lot of yoga kits are sold with only one block now but back in the day, they used to be sold with two. I would suggest having two blocks, especially if you are using them in poses like lunges, pyramid, or wide-legged standing forward fold where your arms need to be symmetrical.
Have more questions? Feel free to leave a comment or contact me.
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