How To Use Yoga Blocks

By Subodh / February 1, 2015

Yoga blocks or bricks are one of the most commonly used yoga accessories. While it renders flexibility and suppleness to the beginners, it helps the advanced yoga practitioners to deep the pose. You can even use the blocks to correct your alignment. You can stretch, align, and strengthen your body without injuring yourself with yoga bricks. Some of the most common asanas where yoga blocks find their place include:

  1. Utthita Trikonasana
  2. Parivrtta Parsva Konasana
  3. Uttanasana
  4. Parsvakonasana and
  5. Prasarita Padottanasana

Benefits of Yoga Blocks

  1. Offers additional support to the body for getting the alignment correct
  2. Aids in modifying the poses for better flexibility
  3. Lesser strain to the body while getting into a tough pose, thus lowering the chances of injury
  4. Helps to deepen the poses and stay in a pose for a longer time

How Does a Yoga Block Help You

Read on to know how exactly you can use yoga blocks with various asanas.

1. Setu Bhandasana – Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose

It looks quite simple, but for many lifting the hip off the ground and balancing on the legs is quite tough. Use the yoga block to support your back from collapsing while holding the Bridge.

Lie down on your back and bend your knees, foot firmly placed on the floor. Keep the arms stretched out, bringing it closer to the heels. Inhale and lift your torso. Place the yoga block beneath your torso in the spaced between tailbone and sacrum. Choose a block in such a way that it just supports you; a shorter or a longer block will hamper the purpose. One you get adjusted to a moderate height block, you can opt for a longer one to deepen the pose.

People who want to deepen the pose and hold it for a longer time can use two yoga blocks:

  1. One placed in between the knees
  2. Second one between the foot

Keep squeezing the blocks for better strength.

2. Seated Yoga Asanas With Blocks

There are people who may not be able to place their foot down completely on seated poses such as Virasana and full squat. You can use blocks there. Blocks will make the poses more comfortable, adding to the effectiveness quotient. Seated twists when done using blocks offer better support to sacrum, lift the pelvis from floor, thereby delivering better results. You can place two beneath your knees while doing Baddha Konasana for stretching forward and adding more stretch to inner thighs.

3. Standing Yoga Poses With Blocks

Placing a block under heels could help many while indulging in standing balancing asanas. Plus, it helps in aligning the spine the right way, offering you a chance to get into the pose in a deeper way.

4. Using Blocks As Hand Support

You can use these yoga props to support yourself, while keeping the alignment correct in poses such as Triangle and Side Angle. You body gets a better stretch without worrying about aligning much. Blocks are a blessing for those who are not blessed with excellent flexibility levels.

5. Blocks As Head Support

Blocks can be used to support the head in poses such as Adho Mukha Svanasana and Prasarita Padottanasana so that you can deepen the pose. It will help in keeping the neck relaxed as well. You can even use blocks to support your head while indulging in restorative yoga poses such as Balasana. These will help you to keep the neck relaxed, while preventing injuries. Bricks can be used as read rest to indulge in meditation on while lying down.

Choose a yoga block that will meet your needs. Start using these yoga accessories right away and reap the benefits of the poses in a better way!