Yoga blocks: love 'em? Or leave 'em?
I remember when I first started practicing yoga, upon stepping into the studio I would proudly set up a yoga mat next to my water bottle and smile with pride because that was all I required — no strap, no blankets, blocks or other props to clutter my practice space.
The thought of using a yoga block in my eyes screamed, "Yoga newbie in the room!"
Oh, ego. You show up in sneaky, sneaky ways.
Fast-forward eight years, and I am now more proud than ever to say I love using yoga blocks to help deepen and strengthen my practice.
So why the change in heart?
Once I was ready and able to let go of the ego-based "How does this make me look?" mentality, I was able to shift into the "How does this feel in my body" approach. The assist of the block helps my body to be in a more effective shape of the posture on most given days.
Here are my five favorite poses to use a yoga block. Please note that modifications and options for using blocks in your practice will vary for each practitioner.