Even when we’re in great shape, our bodies aren’t the same day-to-day. Some days, we feel limber and can stretch easily. Other days, our muscles are tight and sore. Fortunately for most people, yoga is not a competition. The most important goal is to bring yourself to the mat to practice regularly. With these supportive yoga blocks, sink carefully into a properly-aligned pose that’s right for where you are right now.
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A set of these colorful EVA foam rectangular yoga blocks makes it much easier to replicate the experience of a yoga class at home. Most yoga blocks are 9 inches by 6 inches by 4 inches, but this pair is also available in a slightly smaller size. Steady your balance in triangle pose with a block placed vertically on your mat to give you the maximum height, or turn it lengthwise as you develop flexibility and sink deeper into the pose.
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These natural cork yoga blocks are both aesthetically pleasing and offer more firm support than Manduka foam blocks. This block helps you follow along with your favorite online yogi or build a custom flow that fits your schedule and mood. Don’t forget that blocks aren’t just for challenging poses—they can also be used as part of a restorative yoga practice, like relaxing into bridge pose.
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Have you ever struggled with staying balanced in a pose while wrestling with an arrangement of multiple blocks to keep you there? This super-sized foam block offers a solution. At 13.5 inches by 9.25 inches by 6.5 inches, it’s approximately 50 percent bigger than your average block. It comes in refreshing hues of blue or purple, and can make yoga more accessible to people who aren’t very flexible.
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Like any exercise, repetition of yoga postures can lead to muscle strain and injury. This uniquely-shaped set of cork yoga blocks is patent-pending, with blocks designed to allow your wrists to rest at an angle rather than flat against the floor when in poses like downward-facing dog. You can also use them for calf or ankle stretches. Talk to your yoga teacher or physical therapist to see if they might be right for you.