How Yoga Blocks Enhance Your Yoga Poses — Advance your Yoga not

February is a month of love. A month of expression. A month to explore your loving nature and advance your healthy lifestyle. A great month to dive deep into your beloved yoga practice — a great reminder to practice yoga and create a more balanced lifestyle. While yoga can help improve flexibility, posture and balance, the practice of yoga offers so much more, including self-reflection, the practice of kindness to ourselves and others, and continued growth and self-awareness. Of course, all of this is much easier to move toward if you can find a sense of comfort in the poses.

Yoga Blocks Purpose: How to Use Blocks to Enhance Your Yoga Poses

Many props enhance your ability to express a yoga pose. Nothing more, nothing less. You are not a better yogi, a worse yogi, a weak yogi, etc. because you use props! One of the most popular yoga props to use in class is the yoga block. Made from foam, bamboo, wood or cork, the block is often used as an extension of the arms, but can also support the back, head and hips to help the body settle into a pose.

The Slashare Yoga Block bundle came to the market late last year and is the best deal on the market today. If you do not have props, this bundle offers 6 blocks — 2 sets of traditional studio sized blocks and 2 custom double length blocks to help bring the floor closer in all positions. The set retails at $49.99 and is made from the highest quality raw materials on the market!

Benefits of using Slashare cork yoga blocks:

  • Support range of motion, thereby shortening the distance between you and the floor (“bringing the floor closer to you”)
  • Assist in establishing correct alignment
  • Help make yoga accessible to beginners and to those experiencing injury or other physical limitations
  • Bring awareness to properly engage and support muscles in a specific pose
  • Can be placed at the low, medium and high positions to accommodate more or less support

Whether you are seated or standing, or have tight hips and shoulders, the following four poses are excellent examples of using a yoga block to enhance flexibility and find greater enjoyment in your yoga practice.

Virasana or Hero’s Pose | Seated Meditation

Jake using Slashare Cork Yoga Block Bundle and Slashare Yoga Mat

How: Kneel with your knees and feet hip-distance apart. Place the block between your shins on the medium-height level. Slowly shift your body back and sit on top of the block. Lengthen the spine, gently engage the core, and keep length in the back of the neck. Place palms on top of the thighs.

Kelly using Slashare Cork Yoga Block Bundle and Slashare Yoga Mat

Matseyasana or Fish Pose | Heart Opener

Jake using Slashare Cork Yoga Block Bundle and Slashare Yoga Mat

How: You will need two blocks. Begin seated with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Position one block at medium height where you think your shoulder blades will rest when you lie back. Place the other block at medium height where you think your head will rest. Gently lean back and release your shoulder blades slightly above the first block. Then release your head onto the second block. Allow your arms to relax at your sides.

Why: Many of our daily activities tend to pull the arms and shoulders forward, but the yoga block helps us to expand the torso and ribcage. By opening the chest, shoulders, neck and abdominals, you will help create space that allows for deeper breathing.

Extended Side Angle Pose Block, Utthita Parsvakonasana Block

Kelly using Slashare cork yoga mat and cork yoga block bundle

Extended Side Angle

Extended Side Angle Pose Block uses props to make the pose accessible and easier for students who may not have the needed strength, flexibility or balance to do the same pose without props.

Extended Side Angle Pose Block is a beginner level yoga pose that is performed in standing position. Extended Side Angle Pose Block additionally involves side-bend, Stretch, Balance.

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