Yoga Blocks : Yoga Tuneup for Hip Flexibility

HOW TO Use Yoga Blocks for Hip Flexibility


Featured Product: Yoga Blocks
Brand: Rolling Sands Harmony
Purpose:  Assist with flexibility and balance during stretches and yoga poses
Compatible Exercises  Iyengar, Hatha, Anusara, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Restorative and Pre-Natal yoga practices
Rolling Sands Harmony Retail Sale Price: $9.78 (*We carry a selection of other Yoga Blocks with varying materials and sizes.)


Improve your hip strength and flexibility with a simple yoga exercise using a Yoga Block.

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Yoga Blocks : Increase Your Reach

HOW TO Use Yoga Blocks for Increasing your Reach


Featured Product: Yoga Blocks
Brand: Rolling Sands Harmony
Purpose:  Assist with flexibility and balance during stretches and yoga poses
Compatible Exercises  Iyengar, Hatha, Anusara, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Restorative and Pre-Natal yoga practices
Rolling Sands Harmony Retail Sale Price: $9.78 (*We carry a selection of other Yoga Blocks with varying materials and sizes.)


Many times we use Yoga Blocks to, as I like to say, increase the length of our arms, or bring the floor closer to us.  When we use our props in such a way, it allows us to focus on more important things in our yoga practice – such as proper alignment.  It brings stability into a pose when, without the blocks, we’d feel unstable if unable to press our hands into the earth.  Using Yoga Blocks, isn’t just for beginners.  We can use them when we challenge ourselves with new poses, or even just to bring more body awareness into a pose.

Here are a few examples of using a yoga block “to bring the floor closer to us”.

Pyramid with a Yoga Block

Pyramid:  Blocks allow us to focus on squaring our hips instead of hinging fully forward.

 

 

 

Reverse Lunge with a Yoga Block

 

Reverse Lunge:  Blocks allow us to practice with a flat back without needing to hinge fully forward to support ourselves with hands on the floor.

 

 

 

Triangle with Yoga Block

 

Triangle Pose:  Use a block under the hand to provide lift and focus on lengthening through both sides of the body and revolving the heart open.

 

 

Revolved Low Lunge with Yoga Block

In Twisting Poses yoga blocks help open our hearts and chest and revolve into the twist with more space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hero Pose with Block

A yoga block can be used in seated poses to lift our hips and take pressure off of our knees.  Try a block in Hero Pose.

 

 

 

Scale Pose with Yoga Blocks

Yoga Blocks under our hands in Scale Pose give us more freedom and space to lift our hips and feet off of the floor.

 

 

Half Moon with Block

Use a yoga block under your hand in Half Moon to focus more on rotating our hips open and building a strong core with less effort on maintaining our balance.

 

 

 

Yoga Blocks are generally available in two different sizes:  3″ Yoga Block or 4″ Yoga Block.  They are offered in a variety of materials – foam blocks, cork yoga blocks, yoga blocks made of lightweight Balsa Wood, and even yoga blocks made of recycled materials.  Choosing between the sizes depends on how you prefer to use your blocks – do you want stability (4″ block) or do you just need a ‘little’ lift (3″)?  To choose from the materials ask yourself if weight of the block is important, or price, or do you want eco-friendly, or even more simply, is color important to you?

Yoga Blocks : Supported Bridge Pose

HOW TO Use Yoga Blocks for Bridge Pose


Featured Product: Yoga Blocks
Brand: Rolling Sands Harmony
Purpose:  Assist with flexibility and balance during stretches and yoga poses
Compatible Exercises  Iyengar, Hatha, Anusara, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Restorative and Pre-Natal yoga practices
Rolling Sands Harmony Retail Sale Price: $9.78 (*We carry a selection of other Yoga Blocks with varying materials and sizes.)


Adding props to your yoga poses will help you to stay in poses for a longer period of time to achieve their benefits. In this example, you’ll be shown how to practice Bridge Pose supported by either a yoga block or a yoga blanket(s). When setting up the block, play with the different heights to see which is most comfortable for you. Sometimes you’ll find you can raise the height after being at a lower level for a few breaths.  Same with the blankets – some days you might want two, other days one blanket may be right for you.

Yoga : Trikonasana (or Triangle Pose)

HOW TO do the Triangle Pose 


Featured Product: Yoga Blocks
Brand: Rolling Sands Harmony
Purpose:  Assist with flexibility and balance during stretches and yoga poses
Compatible Exercises  Iyengar, Hatha, Anusara, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Restorative and Pre-Natal yoga practices
Rolling Sands Harmony Retail Sale Price: $9.78 (*We carry a selection of other Yoga Blocks with varying materials and sizes.)


The following video from Yoga Journal teaches you how to properly practice Trikonasana, or Triangle Pose.  When first learning how to do this pose, you may need to use a Yoga Block to maintain proper alignment.  The goal is not to just touch the floor, but to maintain proper form while doing so.  Placing a Yoga Block next to your shin and using that as your support helps.  You may need to start with the block on it’s smaller edge first (at it’s tallest height), and then as you progress you can turn it onto it’s long edge or flat side to get closer to the ground.  Eventually you’ll use your shin and then the floor.  At each stage focus on the proper alignment of you knees, hips and spine.  The strength, balance, and flexibility will come with practice.