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Published on August 14th, 2013 | by Catherine Tingey

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The Best Yoga Block

yogablocksThe Best Yoga Block is probably a matter of preference but a good block can be an essential part of a practice, and I personally am always advocating their use.

Many students falsely believe blocks are for beginners. NOT true.

Depending on your limb length and the architecture of YOUR body, blocks may help you find a deeper expression of the pose. This has nothing to do with flexibility or technical proficiency.

Using blocks is also an excellent confrontation of the ego as many of us believe an ‘advanced’ practice is austerely free of props.

FOAM? CORK? or WOOD?

MATERIAL is a personal preference.

WOOD is old-school and expensive and if dropped on a toe, painful. Best to avoid.

CORK will last you a lifetime but can be heavy to transport and for a entire studio to stock, can be costly.

Within the FOAM category we have many choices.

Hugger Mugger makes an unusually sturdy EVA foam block, somewhere between cork and lightweight foam in weight. At .75 lbs each though, lugging them in bulk could be a hassle.

Alternately, you can purchase generic lightweight foam blocks inexpensively.

SIZE?

The standard studio block is 4″ x 9″ x 6″

You will also find many 3″ blocks on the market.

My preference is a 4″ foam block for stability, ease of transport, and value for your money.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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