Yoga Block Poses – Top 3 For Beginners

by DailyYogaReflections on July 8, 2013

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Yoga Block Poses – Top 3 For Beginners

Props are often part of a yoga practice and serve to help students master or deepen challenging poses. Props are especially beneficial to beginners or those who have suffered an injury and whose movement or flexibility is compromised in some way. One of the most popular props during a class or practice is the rectangular-shaped yoga block.

Whether made of wood or tightly compressed foam, affordable and cheap yoga blocks come in a variety of weights. Some practitioners tend to favor the heavier wooden blocks due to their durability, but the choice is completely personal. During a yoga practice, blocks can elevate your hips during seated poses such as hero’s pose. Blocks can make standing poses more accessible, like triangle pose, and they can create comfort while in restorative poses, such as supported bridge. Here are 3 yoga block poses for beginners.

 

1. Half Moon

Half moon is a challenging standing pose that requires balance on one leg with the other leg stretched straight behind you, while your torso is rotated toward the side. One of your arms reaches for the floor while the other reaches toward the ceiling. Many students have trouble reaching the floor in half moon pose and often use a yoga block for assistance. The block makes the pose doable while the student creates the strength to eventually do the pose without props. Along with improving your coordination and balance, half moon pose stretches your hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine while also strengthening your core, thighs and glutes.

 

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2. Triangle Pose

Triangle pose is another yoga asana that requires a long reach, which can be difficult for many students. A block can help. Your legs are separated in a parallel line by 2 to 3 feet, depending on your height, with your front foot pointing forward and your back foot turned out at 90 degrees. The side of your torso leans toward your front foot in a side stretch and the corresponding arm reaches down to touch your foot or ankle. It is common for practitioners to not be able to reach their foot or ankle, and instead rest their hand on a block positioned next to the foot. Triangle pose stretches and strengthens your legs while stimulating your abdominal organs and digestion system.

3. Wide-Legged Forward Bend

In wide-legged forward bend your feet are separated by approximately one leg length, with both feet turned in and toes pointing to the side of your yoga mat. You bend at the waist and bring your hands and head toward the floor. If you have particularly tight hamstrings, you may not be able to reach the floor, in which case a yoga block would be beneficial. Having your hands on the floor or a block allows you to push down with your hands and obtain a deeper stretch in your hips and legs. All this 3 poses are also perform in the ashtanga yoga sequence. Learn more tips about ashtanga yoga for beginners here.

(Article source: livestrong.com)

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