Yoga Block: Poses Made Easy
If you’re someone who’s just starting to get into the practice of Yoga or have been injured which caused limited movement to your body, certain Yoga postures may intimidate you. But don’t be discouraged! Yoga has many ways of helping you progress in the practice. One of them is modifying the postures with the help if props such as strap, cushion and Yoga block. These props will help you familiarize your body as while developing the strength and flexibility needed to fully approach the postures.
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The most versatile of these props is the Yoga block. It can be used as a weight to intensify the practice or as an elevation to help decrease the intensity. It aids in learning the proper form of postures and stimulates your muscle memory of which muscles you should activate and lock to be able to hold a pose.
On the ground. The block can be used to help stabilize poses that requires your hands to be firmly planted on the ground but your hamstrings aren’t allowing you to. It is also used in learning arm balances. Developing arm strength for arm balances can take time. Assisting your weight with a Yoga block by placing your feet on it for elevation can help you learn the technique while still developing the strength and balance needed.
Seated positions. You can use the block during seated poses especially those that involve twisting. Sitting on the block will provide stability to the sacrum, lifting the pelvic floor off the ground for better comfort.
Rotations. Using a Yoga block during the practice will properly rotate the joints either externally or internally. Proper internal and external rotations are vital to avoid injuries and poor form. An example of internal rotation is holding the block above the head, extending your arms upward, moving your biceps closer towards the ears. External rotation is when you feel that the biceps are moving away from the ears and the triceps are rotating to your center.
Rest. Restorative poses can be hard sometimes especially if you have issues on the back. Even a simple bridge can be difficult. Placing the block on your back will support your weight and allow the spine to fully relax without taking away the benefits of the pose. It is also good to place the block behind the neck during cool down to help avoid straining the muscles.
Using a Yoga block in your practice isn’t cheating but progressing slowly towards fully approaching the postures with decent amount of strength and flexibility, and with proper form. Be creative when using the block and play around. You might discover new innovations with the traditional postures!
Always flow with good intentions and an open heart willing to accept possibilities. Don’t feel discouraged when you find some postures that your body isn’t capable of. Be patient and with regular practice, the flow will come naturally. Do not rush into advanced practice too early. It takes a lot of learning and dedication to be fully aware and in control of your mind and body. And always remember to have fun!