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Yoga Block Substitute

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Dan Harriman began writing professionally in 2009 and has a varied background in marketing, ranging from sports management to music promotion. Harriman holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with an emphasis on strategic communications from the University of Kansas and earned the International Advertising Association's diploma in marketing communications.
Yoga Block Substitute
A yoga mat, strap and block. Photo Credit Eliza317/iStock/Getty Images

Yoga blocks are useful props that can help you achieve certain poses that may be too difficult on your own. Yoga blocks are used in various ways to relieve stress placed on joints, especially the knees. If you don't have a yoga block or don't wish to spend money on one, there are a variety of objects you can use as substitutes.


With some basic tools, you can make your own wooden yoga block to save money. Use a scrap of wood and cut it into a block shape with a saw to measure approximately 5 inches in width, 3 inches in height and 9 inches in length. Sand it down to make it smooth, especially around the corners and edges.

Towels and Blankets

Towels can be useful substitutes for yoga blocks, depending on the pose you are trying to perform. You can fold up and use as many towels as you need by stacking them for any pose that requires sitting or propping. Typically, towels provide more cushioning than traditional yoga blocks and offer more comfortable support. If towels are not big enough for your needs, try blankets.


Much like towels or blankets, pillows make handy yoga block substitutes. Use just one or stack several to provide the amount of support you need. Square pillows with a nonslick fabric work best, as they stack easily and won't slide around.

Egg-Shaped Props

Some yoga block alternatives on the market include egg-shaped supports made from lightweight foam. The rounded props can be stacked on their flat sides to provide as much support as you need. The foam supports come in various sizes and colors, with instructional DVDs and carrying bags also available.


Those outdated encyclopedias and hefty oversize hardcover books are ideal substitutes for yoga blocks. If you stack books, be aware that they may shift once you place body weight on them. In general, stacked books should work fine for any sitting pose.


Sturdy cardboard boxes with thick lining can support you in certain yoga positions. The box should not be bigger than a regular yoga block, or about the size of a shoe box. Boxes are not ideal for sitting poses, but can help in propping during poses such as the half moon or extended triangle. If the box has a removable lid, tape the lid down to prevent it from opening during use.

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