If a yoga newbie asked what a block was for, the answer would most likely be, to bring the ground up to you. That’s a perfect answer because that’s what it often does.
There’s this idea about yoga blocks that they’re ideally used for beginner poses, and eventually, you should no longer need them. However, at some point, as your practice moves into more intermediate and advanced postures, you may want to use the block to create more space in the postures. Perhaps your back could use a bit more room to lengthen in Wheel or you need an extra few inches to lift up into Lolasana.
Please keep in mind that these postures are all intermediate to advanced poses. If you’ve never tried them before, make sure you’re attempting them under the guidance of a knowledgable yoga instructor. As always, be safe and respect your body when it’s letting you know it’s time to stop doing a certain posture.
Wheel | Urdvha Dhanurasana
Try adding the blocks under your feet or hands to give you an extra lift. This can be especially helpful if wheel causes a certain amount of strain to the back. The blocks help create the space needed to lengthen the spine as you lift into the posture. Having the blocks under your hands is particularly beneficial if you have sensitive wrists. If you find that your blocks are sliding, try placing them against the wall for a little added support.
Whether you’re interested in some serious strength work or you’re practicing jumping through, adding blocks can help create the lift you need for an L-sit. You’ll be able to maintain length throughout your spine and the stability of your shoulders with blocks under the hands.
Pendant Pose | Lolasana Or Tadagi Mudra | Raised Lotus
Blocks could be used here for either lolasana (not pictured, knees are bent and in between the hands) or tadagi mudra (balancing on hands in lotus position). Place your blocks under your hands to give yourself the ability to lift up, without having to fold forward to reach the floor.
Chin Stand | Ganda Bherundasana
Chin stand can be extremely challenging. If you’re not quite ready for that level of balance, but want to play with the posture, try placing blocks under the shoulders. The blocks will help support you as you lift your feet up, but also prevent you from falling right down on your face!
Firefly Pose | Titibasana
If you have ever played with Firefly pose, you know how awkward it can be to get your hands on the floor and your feet out in front of you. Place the blocks under your hands to give you an extra lift up. Once the blocks are under your hands you may notice that you have the ability to lift the feet and extend your legs in front of you.
Tortoise Pose | Kurmasana
Placing blocks under your feet in Kurmasana gives you the space to bring your torso under the feet so you can move deeper into the posture.
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