"Mindful" and ironic about it

“Mindful” and ironic about it

My yesterday’s post about a yoga block received a bunch of great and greatly amusing comments, which prompted me to revisit the topic for a follow-up with clarifications and answers to pressing questions which I didn’t even realise my post posed.

While I assumed that the existence of yoga blocks was generally known and acknowledged, I was proven wrong. Fellow blogger John was piqued to such an extent that he undertook to Google yoga blocks to see what the heck was going on. Fellow yogi Amy reasonably observed that she needed to get not one but two yoga blocks, which led David to come up with a list of metaphysical inquiries concerning yoga blocks, including why people would have more than one. The central question, though, is what is a yoga block?

A yoga block is basically a fancy brick. Mine is made of firm foam, so it’s not too hard to sit on and not too soft for your hands to sink into the material when you lean on it. There are different shapes and sizes, my block weights a little over 100 grams and its dimensions are 22 x 11 x 7.5 cm. As I say, a light-weight rather expensive brick.

You don’t need a block to do yoga, but it comes in handy for some postures. Imagine you are to bend over and reach the ground with your hands but you can’t quite reach all the way down—here’s where you can rest your palms on a block rather than balance precariously on fingertips and hope you won’t faceplant. There’s a number of body-bending (and mind-bending) poses in yoga, so once you have your block, you are bound to make a good use of it.

I did so as I went through one of my favourite yoga series with Adriene, video posted below. If you’re not up to watching for half an hour a person who is disgustingly flexible and fit (and Zen, the horror, the horror), you can skim this article on yoga block uses or just scroll through a few pictures. There’s also your answer as to why have two yoga blocks—if you have the standard number of arms and legs, then you’ll probably want one block for each arm/leg, which makes two blocks.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

26 Comments

  1. I’m much more knowledgeable now than I was a few minutes ago grin.

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    1. Another piece of useless trivia that I blog about and impose on people 😉

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      1. LOL … I do that all the time! I could post even more samples of my progress with handwriting, but I’m holding myself back 😀

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        1. Hm, I stopped holding myself back and I use my blog for myself mostly these days – sometimes I like to read my own blog (!) to see what I’ve been up to. It’s difficult to strike a balance between yourself a your readers…

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          1. It’s very difficult and has taken me a long time, but now I finally feel alright with it. Sometimes I go back and read too. It’s fun, especially when it’s quite some time back.

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  2. Thanks for the link back!! New colour on your digits?

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    1. The featured photo was from my archives, so nope, the time for nail painting only comes on Monday. I have my set routines…

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      1. Routines can be good! And being single makes that so much better. How about making a video of your Yoga workouts for your readers? Of course if you wear a skimpy outfit that’s not a good idea aye?? Yoga would put my 215 pound butt in hospital LOL!!

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        1. It’s funny that you say so, but I do think that being single is the best thing for me in terms of everyday comfort – I enjoy so much that I don’t have to accommodate anyone. I guess I’m too much of an individualist for relationships.

          I did actually make a video of me doing yoga, for the purpose of checking myself to see what I’m doing wrong, but I’m not going to share the video, I’m not that heavily into self-flagellation. I’m sorry to report that I don’t really wear skimpy clothes for yoga 😮 This is likely to change come summer because my flat gets very hot and there is no AC.

          You might be surprised by yoga, it’s not just pretzel-like poses, you could just sit down, cross your legs and meditate or something. That could be survivable 😉

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  3. If we are talking personal safety here then I am all for one or two blocks whatever floats your yoga boat…..go for it…..

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    1. It’s both for safety and comfort. I was surprised when I first used my new yoga bloc today how much difference a piece of foam makes. I spent about ten minutes just sitting on it in a cross-legged position and gloating…

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      1. lol……its all about what makes a difference isn’t it…..

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        1. Absolutely! I don’t even like yoga, but I might just as well change my mind owing to my new fancy and very expensive block.

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          1. I agree and think how unhappy your new block would be if you said you didn’t need it’s help any more…..

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          2. Haha, my block and I haven’t bonded so closely as yet, so it doesn’t speak to me to say how happy or unhappy it is. I might give it a name. And a gender.

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          3. Don’t rush in Mara until you think the two of you are inseparable.

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  4. I watched it and it was less static than I imagined. She is as bendy as a spider, but the movements seem intuitive rather than esoteric. Is that her particular style?

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    1. She’s my favourite yogi precisely because she doesn’t push the esoteric button too hard. Unlike most yoga practitioners, I don’t see it as a lifestyle but simply as an exercise that helps me feel better. I don’t really feel like doing the ohm thing and getting myself into trance. You were brave to watch the video! I’d probably get bored to death if I just watched without actually trying to imitate what I see.

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  5. Ohhh i did one of those poses today!!! Can’t remember the name. I must find day 1 and start this 😀

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    1. I really hope you’ll enjoy your yoga practice and will stick to it! Hopefully it will do you good as it’s doing me 😉

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      1. Thank you I’m actually having a one:one next week to try and give me some adaptations and also more confidence in doing it. I did an Iyengar class which I loved though I watched some of it lol

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        1. There are so many types of yoga – never heard of Iyengar, but it looks like I might like it. I’m all for precision and detail… Good luck with it!

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          1. I just had a free 1:1 which was amazing. Getting taught the history too. Not that I remember all the names

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          2. A wow, a free one to one class? Where do I get those 😉 ? I’m happy that you’re enjoying your practice!

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          3. lol I know, felt very lucky 😀

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