So you’re in the market for a yoga block?
Maybe this is your first one, or you’re up for a replacement?
Either way, I’ve put together a list of the best yoga blocks of 2021 so you won’t have to search far before deciding on your next yoga prop.
Read on for the inside scoop!
- TOP 12 Best Yoga Blocks Reviewed 2021
- Manduka Recycled EVA Foam Block
- Manduka Cork Yoga Block
- Gaiam Cork Yoga Brick
- Yoga Design Lab Yoga Block
- URBNFit Yoga Block
- Node Fitness Cork Yoga Block Set
- Reehut EVA Foam Yoga Blocks
- JBM Cork Yoga Blocks
- IUGA Yoga Block
- Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block Set
- AmazonBasics Yoga Blocks
- Hugger Mugger Standard Yoga Bolster
- Do I Need a Yoga Block?
- How to Choose a Yoga Block
TOP 12 Best Yoga Blocks Reviewed 2021
Do I Need a Yoga Block?
If you’re really flexible and strong and are happy with the reach you can get in most yoga poses then a block may not be a necessary addition to your practice. But most of us aren’t that awesome, at least when we starting out.
A block can really help you to stay aligned in a pose that you don’t quite have the strength or flexibility to hold by yourself yet. (But I mean it when I say ‘yet’ – anyone who practices yoga knows how amazing it is for strength training – maybe even better than strength training itself!)
Triangle pose is an excellent example.
A lot of people think that the aim is to touch the ground. And this is true to a degree, but only if your hips are in the right alignment and your back is elongated. If you’re having to round your back to reach the ground then you should probably be using a block instead.
Blocks can also provide good chest opening stretches by laying on them with the block between your shoulder blades, and they can make longer poses more comfortable by supporting a part of you that might be struggling, allowing other body parts to stretch without being tense.
Here’s what else you need to know:
How to Choose a Yoga Block
For the most part, buying a yoga block is pretty straight forward.
There will be slight differences in quality between brands so obviously the cheaper ones may not last as long, but a really expensive one is probably unnecessary because there’s only so much that can been done differently to justify the price difference.
- Cork is non-toxic, naturally antimicrobial and maintains its grip even when things get a bit sweaty. It’s also environmentally friendly as cork trees can have their bark removed without being felled, can live for many, many years and don’t require much water or pesticides compared to other crops.
- EVA foam is obviously not natural and any synthetic foam product is going to have negative consequences for the environment during its manufacturing and once its disposed of at the end of its life.
But, as far as functionality goes, cork and EVA foam are pretty similar so it’s going to come down to personal preference.
A well-made cork block could end up being more durable than a cheaply made EVA block and vice versa.
The one advantage that cork might have over EVA foam is that scratches won’t be as visible so it will probably look good for longer!
Interested in Mixing it Up?
Yoga blocks are all well and good. They’re a tried and true yoga prop that will never been given up.
But there are some new kids on the block (see what I did there?) that you might be interested in too.
Yoga wheels are becoming a thing. They can be used in a similar way to blocks for some poses, while also serving as a prop for getting into deeper backbends while remaining supported so that you don’t injure yourself in the process.
Alternatively, have you heard of aerial yoga?
If you’re keen to get into some deeper stretches but being on the ground is sometimes too limiting, you might want to try out a yoga swing and see whether it makes a difference to your practice. You also get the massive added benefit of inversion therapy, because, let’s face it, most of us don’t have the best posture!
Too much? No worries. Stick with your mat and trusty block for now and have a read of our beginner’s yoga guide to firm up your foundation and then maybe you’ll mix it up a bit later.
How Many Yoga Blocks do I Need?
This depends on which poses you’d like to use a block for. Most people are fine with one block but some poses require two. Start with one and see how you go.
How to Use Yoga Blocks?
Yoga blocks can be used in a variety of ways, but usually, they provide something to lean on or help you balance if you’re partway towards being able to complete a pose but don’t quite have the flexibility or strength to go the whole way yet.
Some people also like to sit on them for meditation, or place them between their shoulder blades and lay on them for a chest opening stretch. The options are endless.
How to Use Yoga Blocks for Back?
Yoga blocks can help relieve back pain by allowing you to stretch certain parts of your back more deeply by laying on the block in different positions. Try watching a video that demonstrates the different ways you lie on a yoga block for back pain relief.
What Kind of Foam is Used in Yoga Blocks?
Foam yoga blocks are usually made of high-density EVA foam, unless you buy a cork one that is.
Some blocks are also made of wood but they are too hard and uncomfortable for most people, so there aren’t any wood blocks on this list.
What Size Yoga Blocks do I Need?
This depends on how you want to use your yoga block, but most come in the standard size of 9” x 6” x 4” and can be turned on their sides to make use of the three different height options.
How Much does a Yoga Block Weigh?
This depends on what your block is made out of. Foam blocks are very light and weigh less than half a pound while cork blocks weigh around 2 pounds.
How to Clean Yoga Blocks?
If your foam yoga block starts looking a little worse for wear, you can give it a gentle wash with warm soapy water.
But don’t scrub it, and don’t use harsh detergent or really hot water. Rinse and leave to dry in a warm, dry place but not in direct sunlight.
You shouldn’t need to wash your cork blocks. A wipe over with a cloth if you’ve had a really sweaty practice is enough.
Now you’ve been introduced to the best yoga blocks of 2021, you should be pretty ready to make your pick your progress with your newly propped yoga practice!
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