Yoga Blocks – Bamboo vs Cork

by DailyYogaReflections on July 8, 2013

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Yoga Blocks – Bamboo vs Cork


Cork comes from the bark of a cork oak tree, a tree that grows in Mediterranean regions. Bamboo is a tree-like grass with woody stems. Bamboo and cork are used to make blocks used in yoga to assist in performing yoga poses or asanas whether it is hatha, bikram or even ashtanga yoga.


Advantages of Cork Yoga Blocks

Cork yoga blocks are softer than wood yoga blocks, therefore making them more comfortable in certain yoga poses that are held for a long period of time or poses where your head or back is resting on the block. They also offer more stability that a foam yoga block and will last longer. They are slightly heavier than a foam yoga block but lighter than a wood yoga block. They are also warmer than a wood yoga block and offer more traction.


Disadvantages of Cork Yoga Blocks

Cork yoga blocks can absorb moisture and oils easily, potentially making them wear out quickly. Even though a cork block is fairly durable, it is easy to dent a cork yoga block and possibly chip away some of the cork material.

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Advantages of Bamboo Yoga Blocks

Bamboo is a sustainable material, therefore yoga blocks made with bamboo are eco-friendly. Bamboo yoga blocks are strong and durable. They are also lighter than wood blocks but have the same level of stability. While foam or cork yoga blocks may not be strong enough, a bamboo yoga block will give enough support for heavier yoga students.


Disadvantages of Bamboo Yoga Blocks

Bamboo yoga blocks run the risk of cracking because they are hollow. It is best to pay the price for high quality. Bamboo yoga blocks are also slippery on certain types of floors and are very hard, making them uncomfortable in certain yoga poses. Bamboo yoga blocks can also be expensive.

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