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.