What I Hated the Least Today 124/365: Yoga Block

My nails match my yoga block
My nails match my yoga block

I got me a yoga block as I grew tired of using Shakespeare’s collected work in lieu of a block (true story). Now the bard (from the most part unread) rests in peace on the shelf and I’m looking to putting the block to test tomorrow morning (or noon, or whenever I chance to get up).

I’ve grown in the time-wasting habit of practising daily morning yoga, right after I get up and just before I go to sit on the terrace to have a smoke (true story too).Β I use a book/block whenever I can’t reach the ground, which is all the time. I’m probably not a down-to-earth person, hence myΒ issues lowering myself to the earth.

The Yogistar block is extremely light, surprisingly stable and by all means better than Shakespeare. It has the bonus feature of being cat-proof too. The cat sniffed it, attempted to chew into it – which didn’t work owing to the rounded edges – and abandoned it for me to use. Good.

25 thoughts on “What I Hated the Least Today 124/365: Yoga Block

    1. Oh dear, did you actually undertook the effort of Googling a yoga block? Poor thing… I’m sorry to present such mysterious concepts. But I’m happy to report that the block is doing well, so well actually that I’ll probably blog about it again. Now that you’ve Googled it, you know πŸ™‚

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  1. Your toenails are the same colour as mine! 2. I want a block (two actually). You had me at “cat-proof”. You’d never believe what the little bugger did to me during yoga this evening. He went into the bathroom, used his box, somehow he held kitty litter in his paws until he got to my bedroom, and then he flung it at me on the mat!

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    1. My toenails are my usual Maybelline Colorama – I love the deep blue πŸ™‚ Yes, I wanted two blocks too, but I thought it was rather expensive, considering that it’s nothing but a fancy brick really. So I decided to make do with one for starters. Used it today for the first time and it’s great. So much better than a stupid heavy book.

      Moe was being a rather bad kitty! Does he usually do such tricks? I have to owe him that it took some skills, to do what he did. To think that I’m mad with my cat because she carelessly carries some of the cat litter out of the box and drags it all over the flat… It’s surprisingly sharp when one steps on it with a bare foot. It could be that Moe is confused with your new yoga practice. My cat didn’t know what to think about it either when I started, but she grew used to it and doesn’t care now.

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      1. I haven’t been using any substitutions for blocks, but I have been using a rolled up blanket to sit on in easy pose and bound angle pose. I’m probably loose enough to ditch it now, but I haven’t tried. My favourite pose (aside from corpse, of course) is reclined bound angle pose. There is a variation that requires two blocks. That’s the only reason I want them. πŸ™‚

        Moe normally leaves the litter box with litter in his paws but he has always immediately flung it all over the bathroom (usually 5 minutes after I sweep). He’s never carried it to another room to deliberately throw it at me before this. Crazy cat!

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        1. Corpse is the best pose, isn’t it πŸ˜‰ I don’t do it often – or at least never for very long – because I have genuine concerns I could get zenned out to sleep, which isn’t convenient when you are supposed to go to work. What I like to do most are warrior variations, for which the blocks are very helpful. Except recently I’ve had some curious knee pain, and I’m not quite sure if it’s because I’m doing something wrong or just because. So now I’m spending lots of time sitting on my block and just breathing…

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  2. I did have a giggle at the use of ‘down to earth’ which I am assuming you have used in a literal way…..good luck with the new block, I hope it brings you many hours of fulfilling yoga happiness…

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    1. Yes, my use of “down-to-earth” was literal in this case πŸ™‚ Now I am actually down-to-earth, as I put my new yoga block to test and it works excellent. It drastically reduces the risk of me toppling over when I have something to lean on.

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        1. I wouldn’t call myself balanced, either physically or mentally, but I’ve drastically reduced the risk of splitting my head open when attempting to do a yoga pose that looks easier than it is.

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    1. This is such a brilliant set of questions! You’re very right to ask. I’ve spent today giving some serious thoughts to your metaphysical inquiries and decided that I’d need to blog about it. I hope to answer your questions in my next post!

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  3. Hey … I didn’t know either, but I didn’t google it, I guessed. Looking forward to reading the full post about what they do πŸ˜‚. Did you order it online?

    Good thing it’s cat-proof. Each new item in our home has to be sniffed out, and then he lets go of them. Can’t recall anything that has kept his interest up lately, except boxes.

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    1. You had a good guess, it looks πŸ™‚ I ordered the block online, as I do all things when it’s possible. My cat has no lasting interest in whatsoever, but as the incident when she chewed my earphones shows, it only takes a few seconds for her to destroy something before she abandons it. I need to be very careful when I unload my groceries because she sniffs everything and bites into selected items – like vacuum-packaged meat. No good and no more vacuum-packaged after her intervention.

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      1. Yeah, McDuff is always interested when I unpack the groceries too. Weird, because he doesn’t really like anything. Occasionally, he eats a little ground beef, but it’s nothing he’s keen on.

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        1. My cat doesn’t need to be keen on something to chew it… I think I figured out her vegetarianism though – she only seems to eat fish and doesn’t touch chicken or any other meat that is normally put in cat meat pouches. The little choosy bastard. (I love her anyway, obviously.)

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