How to use yoga blocks in practice?
Yoga blocks are a great beginner prop. They can help you stay in the correct position, keep you from hurting yourself, and make it easier to complete challenging poses. Yoga blocks are also really useful for people with joint issues like arthritis or other injuries that make mobility difficult.
Make your practice more accessible
Yoga blocks can be used in a variety of ways to help you get into poses and deepen your practice. Here are some examples:
To help with balance, place block under each foot in warrior II (vrikasana) or triangle pose (trikonasana).
Use blocks on your hands to make headstands easier. Place one on either side of your forehead when practicing handstands, or rest them on top of your head during a headstand prep sequence such as cat cow pose (chakrasana).
To place a block correctly, set up for the pose first without the block in place. Then take one end of the block and stand it upright at an angle next to its corresponding hand—for example, if you're placing a block under your left hand for warrior II, put that end of the block next to your left thumb so that it sits flush against both sides where they meet at an angle—and then step onto it with one foot while bringing both hands down onto respective sides until they are shoulder-width apart from one another before returning them back up again."
Help you avoid injury
Yoga blocks are a great tool for beginners, as they help you avoid injury by keeping your alignment correct. They also help you maintain the correct posture, which is important as it allows you to deepen stretches and poses.
Keep you aligned correctly
A yoga block can help you get into a pose correctly, which is great for avoiding injury. If a pose or stretch is not comfortable at first, use the block to help you adjust your alignment. For example:
When practicing seated forward folds (paschimottanasana), place the block on your mat between your heels and sit down on it with your legs stretched out in front of you. This helps open up the hamstrings and thighs so that they are more flexible when folding forward.
In tree pose (vrksasana), place one end of the block under each foot so that there's space between each side of your body and both shoulders are level and facing forward.
Keep in mind that blocks should only be used as needed! Don't force yourself into using them—if something doesn't feel right while using a block, try adjusting without it first :)
Encourage restorative postures
As we’ve mentioned, yoga blocks can be used in a variety of ways. One of the most common is to support you in restorative postures. Restorative postures are generally held for longer periods of time than other poses and they're often done in Savasana (Corpse Pose), which is also known as Final Relaxation Pose.
Using yoga blocks for restorative postures helps you relax and stay comfortable during a pose that may otherwise cause stress or tension in your body. For example, if you have tight hips or hamstrings, using a set of blocks can help take pressure off these areas so that you can focus on relaxing into the posture with ease.
If you’re interested in using yoga blocks for restorative postures but aren't sure where to start, here are five tips:
Help you deepen stretches and poses
Yoga blocks can be an excellent tool to help deepen your stretches and poses. They are especially useful in poses that require you to open up your hips and hamstrings, such as Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) or Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog). If you're working on releasing tension from the lower back, try using yoga blocks to support yourself when working on Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana).
In general, if a pose requires a deeper stretch than seems possible with just the floor under you and gravity pulling downward on your body weight, then adding a block under one leg can help take some of that pressure off while still allowing for maximum opening. For example: In Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 1 (Extended Hand-to-Big Toe Pose 1), placing one foot on top of a block will allow for more ease in bringing both knees closer together without having them collapse inward toward each other—a common issue in this pose otherwise!
Yoga blocks are a great beginner prop.
Yoga blocks are a great beginner prop. When you first start practicing, it's easier to have a block in hand than to try to hold your pose with your arms. The block helps you get the most out of your yoga practice by encouraging (and actually enabling) you to use the right muscles and avoid injury. It also allows you to deepen stretches and poses without straining too much or risking injury.
You might think that yoga blocks are just for beginners, but they can help anyone practice more effectively. If you find yourself struggling with some poses or need to modify your practice, yoga blocks are a great tool to have in your arsenal. They can help you perfect the pose by giving support where it’s needed and encouraging restorative postures so you don’t overstretch yourself along with deepening stretches and poses like Child's Pose (Balasana). So whether you're new to yoga or just looking for a little extra guidance in your next class; don't be afraid to ask an instructor if they have any props available!