Yoga blocks, or yoga bricks, are pretty popular yoga accessories. These will help the beginners to tackle challenging postures while ensuring that the alignment is perfect. Seasoned practitioners can use these props to take their practice to the next level. Before we look at five yoga poses with which one could use yoga blocks, let’s take a short look into the benefits they offer.

Benefits Of Yoga Bricks

These accessories:

  1. Correct alignment by supporting the body
  2. Improve the flexibility by providing a chance for modification
  3. Reduce the risk of injuries by correcting the posture
  4. Help to go deeper into the poses and stay for a longer time

Yoga Poses with Yoga Bricks

There are many poses where blocks come to the practitioners’ rescue. Here are five of them:

  1. Utthita Trikonasana
  2. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
  3. Ardha Chandrasana
  4. Anjaneyasana
  5. Setu Bhandasana

1. Triangle Pose – Utthita Trikonasana

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Triangle pose is not complicated, but tights hips, knee injuries, and tight hamstrings could make it troublesome. Place a brick right outside the front foot and see the difference it brings.

  • Start in the Mountain Pose. Place a block vertically just outside the right foot. Rest the palms on the hips and place the left foot back about 4 feet. Align the heels, resting the back heel towards the back corner. Square the hips towards the front edge of the mat.
  • Inhale and extend the arms at shoulder level. Exhaling, hinge at the hips, allowing the upper body to come parallel to the floor. Rest the right palm on the block. Inhale and lift the left arm to the ceiling, fingertips pointing away from the body. Gaze up, if the neck permits or gaze forward.
  • There will be a tendency to drop the shoulders and chest towards the floor. So try opening up both towards the ceiling so that the spine is safe.
  • Hold the posture for five to seven breaths. Exhale and gently bring the left hand back on the hip. Inhale and straighten the upper body. Repeat on the other side.

2. Revolved Side Angle – Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

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Revolved Side Angle is a significant twist. And, placing the back foot grounded could be challenging as one tries to square the hips and lift the arm up. Elevating the back foot with a block could help in getting into the posture in a slightly easier way.

  • Start with Mountain Pose. Breathing in, step the right leg back about 4 feet away. Place a block right beneath the right heel and place the right heel firmly on the same. Angle the foot in such a way that the right toes are facing inward. Turn the hips to the right.
  • While exhaling, bend the left knee and stack it above the left ankle. Adjust the legs so that hips sink closer to the floor, bringing the left thigh parallel to the mat. Inhale and stretch out the legs at shoulder height. Exhale and place the left palm inside the left foot. Inhale and lift the right arm to the ceiling. Hold for three breaths. Extend the right arm over the head towards the left side. If possible, gaze at the fingertips. Hold the posture for the next five to seven breaths.
  • On the next exhale, place the right palm down. Inhale and come up. Release the block. Repeat on the other side.

3. Half Moon Pose – Ardha Chandrasana

Half Moon Pose – Ardha Chandrasana with Yoga Blocks
Half Moon Pose – Ardha Chandrasana with Yoga Blocks

It’s a balancing posture that requires quite a good core. Lack of adequate core strength and any injuries or tightness could put unwanted stress on the legs. Use a block here to support the lower palm and lift the legs to open the hips and chest.

  • Start in the Mountain Pose. Place a block vertically just outside the right foot. Rest the palms on the hips and place the left foot back about 4 feet. Align the heels, resting the back heel towards the back corner. Square the hips towards the front edge of the mat.
  • Inhale and extend the arms at shoulder level. Exhaling, hinge at the hips, allowing the upper body to come parallel to the floor. Rest the right palm on the block.
  • Balancing here, lift the left leg until hip level. Raise the left arm up and open up the chest and shoulders as if practicing a gentle backbend. Gaze forward and balance for five to seven breaths.
  • Exhale, release the leg and lifted arm. Inhale, straighten the torso, and come out of the pose. Repeat on the other side.

4. Crescent Lunge – Low Lunge – Anjaneyasana

Anjaneyasana with Blocks
Crescent Lunge – Low Lunge – Anjaneyasana with Blocks

There are a couple of ways one can use yoga blocks in this posture. One way is to elevate the front foot to lift the pressure away from the knees. The other way is to place two bricks on either side of the hips to rest the palms. The second version helps the practitioner to sink the hips closer to the floor by moving the pelvis forward. We’ll be talking about the first one here.

  • Start with Downward Facing Dog Pose. Place the right foot between the palms. Bend the right knee aligning the thigh parallel to the floor. Rest the back knee on the floor, supporting it with adequate cushioning and extend the toes backward. Push the hips squared and down and close to the mat.
  • Once here, use the brick. Place it in between the palms, closer to the right one. Gently place the right foot on the block, readjusting the alignment, so that heel and ball of the foot rest entirely on it. Rest the palms on your hips and gently arch back. Hold the posture for five to seven breaths.
  • To exit the pose, gently remove the block. Place the palms on either side of the right foot. Tuck the left toes and gently lift the right leg back into Downward Facing Dog Pose.
  • Repeat on the other side.

You can also try Ardha Hanumanasana or Hanumanasana – The Monkey Pose – after Anjaneyasana.

5. The Bridge – Setu Bhandasana

Setu Bhandasana with Block
Setu Bhandasana with Block

This posture is a backbend that does not call for any props in general. But if the practitioner wants to hold it longer, a soft block would be a great idea. One can place a brick between the thighs for a deeper experience or place it under the sacrum for practicing supported Bridge Pose. We’re looking at the second choice here.

  • Lie down on the back, placing a block nearby. Bend the knees, keeping them as wide as the hips. Adjust the alignment so that the feet are not resting close to the buttocks and are separated hip-distance. Allow the knees to fall inwards slightly. Rest the palms on either side of the hips.
  • Pressing the palms into the mat, inhale and lift the hips to the ceiling. Place the yoga block width-wise beneath the sacrum on the lowest height. If that is comfortable, increase the height by repositioning the block. What matters is the comfort zone of the practitioner.
  • Once in alignment in the most comfortable manner, interlace the fingers, if possible. Hold the posture for five to seven breaths.
  • To come out of the pose, gently remove the block to the side and release the hips to the mat.

It’s more of creativity and comfort that matters here. Feel free to play with yoga blocks while practicing various poses, including Sarvangasana and Matsyasana. These props are also beneficial while practicing arm balances. So experiment with them and reap the maximum benefits out of practice.

If you also would like to learn how you can use different types of yoga blocks (i.e. Cork Yoga Blocks), our Yoga Block article will be beneficial for you.

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