Yoga+Music365 (day13) – Emotionalism by The Avett Brothers

A couple days ago at work someone asked me about how to use blocks in yoga. I quickly rattled off a some answers and then went back to eating my lunch.

Days later I was still thinking about all the ways I’ve used blocks in yoga. Check out the HuggerMugger (yes, I still love that name!) chart above for some ideas.

 WAYS TO USE A BLOCK:

  • To make my arms longer in Triangle, its evil cousin Revolved Triangle, Half Moon and Side Crane/Crow.
  •  I’ve stood on blocks too make my legs longer in King Dancer.
  • I’ve stood on blocks to help me balance more evenly in Crow.
  • I’ve “massaged” my IT band (Ouch! I’d recommend the foam roller for this)
  • I’ve “massaged” my feet, calves, and hamstrings (Again, ouch. It’s like Thai massage – or self-induced accupressure).
  • I’ve used a block in Warrior 2 and lunge – put it between my knee and the wall for balance.
  • I’ve used a block to strengthen my upper body for inversions like forearm balance and dolphin.
  • To give myself a lift in Bridge
  • I’ve used blocks to support my knees in Supta Baddha Konasana and Sukhasana
  • I’ve sat on blocks in Hero
  • I even use blocks in Savasana. Well, if I put a bolster under my knees, I put my feet on blocks. So comfortable!

 What are ways you use blocks to help you in yoga? What are your favorite yoga props? Please leave me a comment and I’ll give your prop ideas a try.

Remember Saturday is the MUSIC ROUNDUP! I’ll share my thoughts on the music of the week. 

Today’s music is Emotionalism by The Avett Brothers

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