New to yoga? Here’s why you should start practising with a yoga block brick

People who are new to yoga can consider using yoga block bricks to improve flexibility, and experiment with difficult poses
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Yoga block bricks can be great for beginners! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Grace Bains Published: 16 May 2021, 09:30 am IST
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Yoga is this wondrous universe of spiritual and physical practices that integrates body, mind and spirit towards a state of oneness with our surroundings. What is special about this practice is that it can be taken up regardless of one’s age or weight, and with minimal precautions even if there’s a vast medical history.

In case you are new to yoga, using a block brick is one such approach, which helps people with physical limitations. It can assist you with poses, which may otherwise make you feel intimidated or uncomfortable. 

What is a yoga block brick?

A yoga block brick is a brick-sized slab made out of various kinds of materials, such as foam and cork, which are firm yet comfortable. The blocks were first introduced by B. K. S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar yoga, and these blocks may be used while doing various yoga poses

Foam yoga block bricks are ideal for beginners, as they are lightweight and can withstand high amounts of pressure, without changing its shape or getting deformed. In general, a yoga block brick’s size is nine inches in length, and five to six inches in breadth.

Benefits of using a yoga block brick

Yoga, has for centuries, helped its disciples to improve and maintain the health of muscles, joints, and organs. It is great for flexibility, strength, stamina and mobility and keeps the mind relaxed and focused. A yoga block brick will help your yoga practice in the following ways:

1. Accessibility, stability and comfort

In case you have certain physical limitations or feel uncomfortable performing a particular pose, then a block brick proves to be a practical tool to assist you with the poses. The blocks also help with developing proper alignment by raising the floor towards you, providing stability and comfort. Take for example the ‘up the wall pose (viparita karani); start by lying down on your back, gently raise your hips and place the block under the lower back, adjusting as per your comfort. Follow it up by tucking the knees towards the chest and begin straightening the legs towards the sky. Remain as long as you comfortably can.

2. Flexibility and prevention of injury

Yoga block bricks can be used to release tension in the pectoralis major and minor muscles in the chest. The block, by way of its design, allows us to relax, ease postural tension and promote thoracic spine extension. Therefore, the block aids in enhancing flexibility, which is a major concern for beginners and also shields against injuries. 

So, roll out that mat and block brick, and begin your fitness and wellness journey today!

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