Some people believe that yoga is only suitable for the young, healthy, and super flexible. And those people are completely wrong! This is an activity that almost any person can do. With the correct use of tools, it is suitable for everyone, regardless of age, weight and the state of health. It gives harmony, strength, flexibility, and awareness. Its range of positive effects on human health and spirit is so wide.
You should definitely try doing it yourself. For this, of course, you will, most importantly, need a good mat, but there are also a few very useful tools that can make your practice easier or more challenging – it all depends on your goals and level of training. One such device is a yoga block or just a yoga brick. Let’s look at the types of yoga bricks, the types of materials from which they are made and their functionality in practice.
The yoga block is an indispensable accessory for athletes doing yoga, stretching exercises, or people recovering from injuries or surgeries.
In the list of props for this activity, yoga blocks are bought by both beginners and advanced athletes most oftenly, almost as often as mats. Yoga & pilates blocks are small bars with different parameters in order to reach the desired position when it is impossible to do it yourself. We recommend buying an exercise blocks for stretching your back and relaxing the spine.
It is indeed most often a rectangular brick with an average size of 24 * 13 * 8 cm (sizes may vary). It is often used by beginners when flexibility or a sense of balance is not enough to perform certain poses. They are also used to relax and maintain certain parts of the body during meditation, or to complicate asanas in the practice of advanced yogis.
In addition in order to make the use more comfortable, there are also models with holes for comfortable grip, foam yoga blocks and oval yoga blocks (suitable only for experienced practitioners).
The main materials used to make yoga blocks are: foam, cork, wood. Each material has its own advantages.
Foam blocks for exercise are the lightest, most practical and most inexpensive. Available in a wide range of colors and sizes. Foam exercise blocks are simple and easy to use, easy to wash and carry, and have a long service life. The only con is that they cannot take prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which destroys the structure of the material.
Cork yoga blocks are made by pressing and gluing cork layers. The cork block is pleasant to the touch, does not slip, is environmentally friendly and has a long service life. But they are heavier than foam blocks and more expensive. So if eco friendly yoga blocks are what you are looking for, search no more.
The ones that are made of wood are the most expensive and heaviest type of bricks. They are made of various types of wood: pine, ash, beech and sometimes bamboo. The surface must be carefully sanded to avoid splinters and scratches. Often wooden yoga blocks are lacquered to make the surface safe and improve performance, but they can be slippery making yoga sessions more difficult. Sometimes, in order to lighten the weight of these models, they are made hollow.
They make complex and deep asanas more accessible for beginners, to perform them as correctly as possible for the spine. The block basically raises the floor, if you still do not reach it, relieves overstrain in the joints and muscles. It will make it easier for you to keep your balance, leaving your back in an extended position and your chest open. For advanced yogis, blocks allow you to deepen some of the asanas, maximizing flexibility and stretching.
There are many options for them in yoga. Use them as an extension of your arms when bending forward from a standing position, to the side, if you can’t reach the floor on your own. As support during splits and deep lunge. Place a block under your hips while sitting forward, in lotus, butterfly, and similar asanas to relax your hip joints.
When buying, determine for yourself several factors. First of all, whether you will need to transport inventory and what budget you are willing to put into it. Foam and cork blocks are lighter and less expensive. Bamboo and wooden models are heavier and more expensive, but stronger and more durable. There are different sizes available, depending on your needs. We can provide you with both small or large yoga block. The most versatile height is 9-10 cm thick.
For beginners, 2 yoga blocks of the same size will be enough. Perhaps as you go deeper into the practice, you will want to purchase more of them or models of different sizes.
The standard model width is 15 cm, length is 22-23 cm, but the height varies from 7 cm to 12 cm. Choose the height based on the size of your body so that you can comfortably lean on the block.