Yoga blocks are specially designed props intended to aid students in the proper alignment and/or support necessary to execute postures in their yoga practice. The blocks come in different sizes and can be made out of a variety of materials. Choosing the best yoga block is all about selecting the size and block structure most suited to your individual practice needs and ethical priorities. Keep in mind that while yoga blocks can be a useful tool for some, they are not a required piece of equipment.
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Foam blocks, perhaps the most common variety of yoga block, are generally the most affordable, comfortable and lightweight style on the market. Brightly colored and designed to give slightly in response to pressure, foam blocks are versatile and offer comfort as a support for seated postures, restorative practice poses and standing work. Many retailers offer several sizes of foam blocks to accommodate different stability needs and individual body types. Note that foam blocks can vary in sturdiness and quality, and that most models are not made with environmentally friendly materials.
Cork blocks are a firmer yet still somewhat pliable alternative that fall somewhere between foam and wood models in weight, give and price. Heavier than a foam block but lighter and more comfortable than a wood block, the cork yoga block is a worthwhile investment if you know you like the stability and traction provided by a stronger, textured prop. Cork blocks are often more aesthetically pleasing than foam blocks, and can be found in sustainable, all-natural models that lend an eco-friendly elegance to your yoga studio space.
Wood or bamboo yoga blocks are the most traditional, sturdy, heavy and expensive option on the market, but their price and aesthetic value don’t necessarily make them the best yoga block for everyone. The hard, slick surface and lack of pliability make wooden yoga blocks uncomfortable for some yogis. If you are prone to discomfort when sitting or supporting yourself on hard surfaces or prefer a certain amount of traction between your block and the floor, cork or foam blocks are probably a better choice for your personal practice needs.
Once you determine the ideal block size and style for your practice, consider shopping online for the block that suits you best. Online retailers offer a greater variety of sizes and styles, and many discount yoga equipment sites will offer prices far below the standard in-store cost, especially if you purchase blocks in bulk.