Choose the perfect yoga block

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The yoga block is one of the most popular accessories in a yoga class.

Yoga accessories were popularized by BKS Iyengar as tools to support the body and allow deeper expression in the alignment of a yoga posture.

Yoga blocks are often used as an extension of one of the hands, but they are also used to support the back, head and hips, and deepen the perception of alignment.

A yoga block is most helpful for beginning students or those who have experienced injuries or other physical limitations, but more advanced practitioners can use these props to safely learn more challenging new poses.

When buying a yoga block you will need to consider size, material, cost and quantity.

BKS Iyengar said that the ideal block measures 22.8cm x 11.44cm x 7.6cm, but you will find blocks larger or smaller than this one. Choosing a bigger or smaller block will depend on the size of your hands and the level of your flexibility. If you have small hands and good flexibility, you should consider a small block. If, on the other hand, if you have big hands and little flexibility, think about considering a big block.

Yoga blocks were originally made of wood, but now they are also made of foam and cork.

Wooden blocks

Wood blocks are often made from bamboo, birch, maple, pine, balsam, and poplar.

Hardwoods will be more durable, while softer ones will be lighter.

Wooden blocks

Wood blocks are often made from bamboo, birch, maple, pine, balsam, and poplar.

Hardwoods will be more durable, while softer ones will be lighter.

Wood blocks are comparatively hard and heavy (these normally weigh between 675 grams and 1.2 kilos) but they are very strong, more aesthetic and will last forever.

The downside to wood blocks is that they are expensive, they get slippery with wet hands, they can slide when you put them on hardwood floors, and they don’t always stack properly.

Cork Blocks

The yoga blocks cork can be more environmentally friendly than wood (depending on how they have been extracted wood and cork) and blocks of cork are softer and lighter than wood (between 450 and 900 grams).

These stack and store very well, but unfortunately the cork absorbs sweat and odors which can occasionally cause unpleasant odors and crack or chip over time of use.

Foam Blocks

The yoga blocks foam are cheaper than wood and cork and lighter (weighing between 85 and 300 grams) and are very soft. Due to their low cost, durability and ease of cleaning, these are the most common blocks among yoga centers.

The downside to foam blocks is that they get dirty and wear out easily, and they’re not environmentally friendly like wood or cork blocks. Likewise, they can also feel weak or unstable when used for support.

More than one block of yoga?

Most of the time you will only need one yoga block, but there is a good chance that you will not regret buying two.

There are some advantages to buying two blocks instead of just one.

First, you will have a compatible set and you will not need to remember the size, brand and color later.

Second, you will find that having a block in each hand or stacked blocks will offer you more support, giving you a wider range of stance throughout your practice.

Even if you think that buying two blocks instead of just one may be more expensive, this can save you on shipping costs.

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