Yoga is actually a lifestyle, and not just a set of physical exercises. Once you start, you are hooked for good. You want to immerse more and more into testing the limits of your body and mind, your perseverance, and spiritual richness.
As it turns out, the first step is usually the hardest. Newbies want to know about the tools that can help them adjust to positions, that are often quite challenging (let’s be honest here). One of the most frequently asked questions is how to use yoga blocks
and are they really that essential for beginners?
Functions Of Blocks
The purpose of using this item is to provide greater comfort during training, to improve the balance of the body. Blocks are indeed more often used by beginners. However, they are also beneficial to more experienced practitioners, since more meditation methods can be mastered and, therefore, more complex asanas become available. Depending on the position being performed and to ensure the safety of the practitioner, they can be placed under the head, legs, buttocks. For particularly advanced positions, the block acts as an elongation of the arm. For the practitioners of any experience, the blocks provide:
Application Of Blocks
- Support. They can assist when a certain asana requires more flexibility or stamina than a person has. They can also support your head and neck during lying or sitting positions. Further, they allow to hold different positions better and for a longer period of time.
- Balance. This accessory helps to balance, which is especially advantageous during standing, squats and sitting positions. It helps to correctly determine the center of gravity, which allows to keep balance (e.g. when performing asanas on one leg).
- Flexibility. This prop is especially useful for people who have difficulties with asanas requiring flexibility of the body (e.g. the position of a crescent). Since blocks help to keep balance, the body becomes more flexible.
The block can also be used during meditation (placed near the back of the head), which will help to keep the weight of the head, without straining your neck and spine.
Performing a lotus position becomes much easier. Sitting on the block allows your hips to open more comfortably, and the knees do not turn up.
The prop is often used in sitting positions, especially when it is required to bend. The exercise will be not only more comfortable, but also more effective. The block supports the lower back, and lifts the pelvis above the floor.
Advantages Of Yoga Blocks
So, blocks are really useful if you are just starting practicing yoga. They reduce the distance between the floor and your body. The prop helps those who are less flexible to correctly perform asanas, as well as contributes to the durability of the position. Last but not least, a block eliminates the chances of pulling the muscles and causing tension in the body.