Things To Consider When Buying Yoga Block
When purchasing a yoga block you will need to consider the following things: material, size, number and cost.
The ideal size for a yoga block is 23 x11.5 x 7.6 cm, but on the market you will find yoga blocks that are larger and smaller than this. The size of the yoga blocks usually depend on the size of the user's hands and the level of his/her flexibility. For instance, if you have small hands and are fairly flexible you might want to consider a smaller sized yoga block. Consequently, if you have larger hands and are less flexible, you might want to consider a larger yoga block.
Originally yoga blocks were made out of wood, but nowadays, yoga blocks also come in foam and cork form.
- Wooden yoga blocks are usually made of pine, bamboo, maple, birch, balsa and poplar. It is true that wooden blocks are hard and heavy, but they are very sturdy, visually pleasing and you can be sure that they will last forever. Their main downsides is that they are more expensive, they can slide around on a hardwood floor and they can become slippery with wet hands.
- Cork yoga blocks are more eco-friendly than the former ones. They are way softer and lightweight, they stack and store well, but their main downside is that they absorb odors and sweat.
- Foam yoga blocks are the least expensive, softer and lightweight ones. They are extremely easy to clean, durable and cost-effective, which makes them the most preferred ones in yoga studios. Their main downsides is that the foam can get dirty, so they are not as eco-friendly as wood and cork ones.
- Regardless the type of yoga block you have, you can use it in forward folds, so you can find better alignment. This position is especially suitable for beginners, when flexibility isn't there yet. All you need to do is sit on the edge of the block and stretch your upper body and hands toward your feet. Keep this tilt as you exhale and come forward.
- The pigeon pose can be extremely helpful especially when your hips or knees flexibility is low or if the knee and hip rotation isn't available. Place the edge of the yoga block right under the sit bone. On that way the yoga block will encourage a forward tilt of the pelvis, bringing the body into proper alignment. All you need to do is to root the fingertips into the ground under your shoulders, and spin the inner thigh of the back leg up.
- The bridge pose is perfect for encouraging the inner thighs to draw toward one another. This brings the knees in alignment, and encourages a lift in the pelvis.