How To Choose And Use Yoga Blocks.
Yoga blocks are one of the main yoga tools. They can be used by anyone who participates in yoga at home or in the studio. Yoga blocks help with poses that require more flexibility or stabilization. For instance, while doing the Triangle pose, one hand reaches for the sky while the other reaches for the floor. This can be quite a stretch for some people. Placing a yoga block on the floor makes it easier to support the body. For people with tight back or hamstring muscles, yoga blocks can change the angle and make the pose more comfortable until this weak area is strengthened. A downward facing dog pose is done by putting a block for each foot against the wall first. Then after the hands are positioned on the floor, the feet go up on the blocks and then the buttocks can be raised up, giving a good stretch in the back and hamstrings.
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It is well known that yoga is wonderful for people with health ailments like bad backs, knee problems or even arthritis. When people suffer from these issues, Yoga blocks make doing poses far more comfortable. When there is less strain and pain, people are likely to continue with their yoga practice.
Yoga blocks also help with self-confidence. People who are new to yoga are less likely to try a difficult pose, from fear of injury or falling down. The yoga block helps to stabilize the body and the new student feels confident. This is important because feeling unconfident will lead to quitting yoga before giving it a fair chance. Yoga is a wonderful exercise for pregnant women. By using a yoga block, a pregnant woman will use up less energy settling into a pose.
Yoga blocks can be made from a variety of materials. An individual’s yoga block needs, depend on where the yoga session takes place. In a yoga studio with polished wood floors, it is best to use blocks made from cork. They tend to slide less than blocks made from wood. Other types of blocks are foam or even bamboo. Blocks come in a variety of shapes. The average block is about nine inches long, six inches wide and approximately four inches high.
Yoga blocks are used mainly for the hands and feet. Yoga blocks can also be placed under the head while doing some abdominal work or for stretching out on the floor while on the yoga mat and meditating. Having one under the head, will ease the tension in the neck. When purchasing, check the variety of shapes and sizes of yoga blocks available. Choose yoga blocks that will assist in the poses performed and any special needs like arthritis or pregnancy.