Definition - What does Yoga Block mean?
A yoga block is a rectangular shaped block tycially made from a dense foam. It is used as a prop in yoga asana practice. The purpose of a yoga block is to help stabilize poses and make them more accessible to yogis of different abilities and body types. In addition, yoga blocks can be used to deepen a pose or stretch. They are particularly useful for adding stability to balancing asanas such as crescent moon pose, supported back bends such as bridge pose and many more.
Yogapedia explains Yoga Block
Modern yoga blocks are made from a variety of materials. The most common blocks are made of foam, but cork and some wood may also be used. The ideal block size, according to B.K.S Iyengar, is 9 x 4.5. x 3 inches. This is still the most common size, but there are other options available. This allows yogis to customize their yoga practice in a way that best suits them.
While yogis have traditionally used various props for centuries, the use of yoga blocks first became popularized by Iyengar yoga in the late 20th century. Iyengar yoga emphasizes proper alignment, and yoga blocks are an excellent tool to help achieve this.
Yoga blocks can be used by yogis of all levels. Beginners often find yoga blocks to be useful as they help modify challenging poses making them more readily accessible. More advanced yogis can benefit from the deeper stretch they are able to gain. For certain asanas, yogis can use multiple blocks to support their alignment such as during splits.