How to Get More Support and Balance in Your Posture with Yoga Blocks
Looking for a good prop to bring balance in your yoga postures which will effectively deepen the effects of each bending and contraction? Blocks should be on the top of your list. Solid but lightweight, leveled edges facilitating easy gripping, and available in convenient shapes making it easy to be placed at any point of the body for having support—blocks are the best to carry around and suitable for your daily practice. With variously colorful yoga blocks out in the market, now you can add a dash of vibrancy to your everyday practice with the block prop!
Here we list three asanas which will get better with blocks:
Using Block Lengthwise in Bridge Pose:
Performing the bridge exerts tremendous pressure on the arms and shoulder blades which needs to be balanced out with the help of a solid prop.
Select your yoga block in foam, a material that has considerable malleability. Keep it between the feet lengthwise. Pressing upon it from two sides and rooting your feet firmly to the ground, lift up your hips. Feel your heart moving toward your chin and the tailbone straightened out in the direction of your knees.
The position of the block will align your feet perfectly, restricting them from splaying out wide. Splaying feet and actually mar the entire effect of a bridge pose as extra tension is created in the navel and sacral area from splaying.
Using Block as a Buffer in the Wheel Pose
The wheel pose slightly modifies the bridge pose with the hands lifted from the ground arched in a half-circle behind the head. Your hands must touch the ground with the fingertips pointed towards the shoulder, and your hips coming at level with the crown of your head. As you lift up with the pose, your legs will tend to spread out which must be prevented with the placement of the block.
Bring the block between your things and keep it balanced when you are in the act of lifting from the ground. The deliberate hard press that the posture demands with the block within the fold, will create force in your inner thighs.
Regulate your breath with the pressure is being vented out upon the block. With the block kept as a shockproof buffer and support between the legs, you can give greater depth to the wheel to be formed with your arms.
Using Block as Base Support in Revolved Triangle Pose
The revolved triangle is a more challenging posture which requires a prop to lessen the gap between the hand and the base, thus keeping the body perfectly aligned with one leg elongated at the back and the torso twisted strategically to unwind the lower loops of the body that have gathered stiffness due to lack of activity. Sequence your breath by inhaling while lengthening through the top of the head while exhaling while twisting in the entire torso, activating the core.
Keep one hand to the ground balanced upon the block and strengthen your stance by adding extra length to the posture. The added length will keep out the uneasy tension and exert pressure at just the desired areas.
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