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Use yoga blocks for balance.
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Yoga blocks can add a whole new dimension to your workout whether you're a new yogi or someone who has been practicing for a while. Blocks and other props are used in a yoga class to help you get the most out of your poses. They won't necessarily make a pose easier, but they will help you do poses safely and with confidence.
A yoga block gives you stability in difficult poses, allowing you to focus more on opening up in expansion poses. With a block, you'll be able to hold a pose without overstretching; the block will also help you stay in alignment. You'll find that you can hold poses longer with a block -- allowing you to build strength and focus more on your breathing. You'll start to feel more successful when you hold poses longer and start to try more challenging poses with a block.
Standing poses that work on flexibility and balance are the ones that you are most likely to use a block in. In a Standing Forward Fold, if you have limited flexibility and tightness in your hamstrings, place a block in front of your feet and hold on to it with both hands. In poses like Triangle and Side Angle, hold a block with the hand that is closest to the floor. In Downward-facing Dog, try using two blocks, one for each hand for extra support and wrist alignment. If you're trying more challenging poses such as Standing Split or Balancing Half-Moon, hold on to a block to help you transition into these poses if you can't reach the floor safely.
There are a number of different floor poses where you may find having a block helpful. For example, in seated poses such as Hero or Seated Forward Fold, use a block under your sitz bones if you don't have a folded yoga blanket to sit on. For neck support in Child's Pose, use a block to rest your head on. If you're ready for more challenging poses, you'll find a block to be invaluable as you learn how to do poses such as Peacock. As a modification in Peacock, a block supports your feet if you're unable to do the full pose.
Many yoga studios will provide yoga blocks for you to use. If you are practicing on your own or are required to provide your own blocks in class, different types and styles are available. Standard rectangular blocks made out of foam are the most inexpensive. Heavier all-natural blocks made from basswood or cherry are available. If you prefer eco-friendly options, look for cork or bamboo blocks. Oval yoga blocks, referred to as egg blocks, offer more comfort and flexibility for your wrists than rectangular blocks.