We all know that a yoga block (or two) is a fundamental prop in the practice of Iyengar Yoga. You use one almost every time you practice, often applying a good portion of your weight to the prop. That’s why it we feel it is important to invest in a high quality, substantial block for your home practice. Think of your props as tools that become partners in your life-long yoga practice – you want something supportive that will last. We find solid wood blocks to be best – they are more durable than other varieties, and their heavier weight makes them more stable (less wobbly). For traveling or working with children, however, we recommend a cork or foam block, as the lighter-weight material makes them safer for kids and won’t weigh down your luggage.
Poses to Use Blocks With.
Standing Poses. Many standing poses – especially Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose), Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), Parvivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose).
Backbends and Headstand. A block is an ideal tool for Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) and can be used in a few different ways in Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand). Try using it at the wall on it’s lowest position and placing your hands at the corners in an L-shape (thumbs pressing into the front of the block, fingers on the sides). Ask your teacher for more variations and poses blocks can help with in your next class.