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Fitness Tutorials

9 Ways to Use a Yoga Block

April 11th, 2016

One of my favorite yoga classes in town is a prop-based class, which means that along with our mat, we come to the studio armed with blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters. Using those props, we’re able to get into deeper versions of the poses we usually flow in and out of quickly, and as it turns out, that kind of restorative yoga is exactly what my body craves.

For today’s fitness tutorial, Kate joins us to focus on how to use what is probably the most popular yoga prop of them all: the block. Try out these 9 poses separately or sequenced together to unlock your hips, open your shoulders, and free your spine.

*photography by Molly Winters; instructions and demonstration by Kate Waitzkin; location is MOD Fitness; wardrobe from Outdoor Voices

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  1. Cynthia says:

    Great use of a block!
    Another good one that I love for crescent lunge requires 2 blocks. Place one block horizontally, and stack one block vertically on it, so the bottom rhigh of your forward leg can rest on the block. Do this, and you can literally stay in crescent lunge all day, working on your hip alignment past the point of muscle fatigue.

  2. Kelly Colchin says:

    I’m loving this series! Looking forward to trying some of these.

  3. Meg says:

    This is great! Love your writing, very clear and easy to follow. Pictures are also super helpful. I will definitely share with clients. Thanks for the great information.

  4. Christine says:

    When I’m at yoga, I see so many people doing poses that are wrong because they want to “conquer the pose.” I no longer worry about doing it without props, I worry about doing it correctly. I embrace my blocks, they are always with me!

  5. Gina says:

    Great article, but I would have enjoyed further info on the benefits of each variation, in comparison to not using the block, to assist my comprehension of the pose. Many thanks so interesting.

  6. Jansen says:

    I love these poses. I have very cheap plastic blocks that flip easily and hurt my back in that way. which blocks are recommended for Viparita Karani Variation and supported bridge and reclined hero?

  7. Cornelius says:

    I have been using cork blocks for a number of years. They are kind of pricey ($20.00 each) but i have never had any problems with them slipping.

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