Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, using yoga block meditation can help make challenging poses more accessible. Depending on where you place the block, it can also provide a deeper stretch, enhance posture and improve balance in your yoga practice. Yoga blocks are also great to use in seated meditation because they help elevate your seat to keep your spine and back straight while maintaining a relaxed position.
In the pose Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend), a block placed under the shin of your bent leg allows you to deepen and intensify the stretch of the hip muscles, while decreasing the amount of pressure on the knees. Similarly, if you have difficulty reaching the ground in Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), placing a block under the front foot helps reduce pressure on the knees and enables you to engage your core.
Beyond Support: Unlocking Deep Relaxation with Yoga Block Meditation
If you’re in Puppy Pose, a block under the front leg can allow you to lift your chest and extend your fingers toward the mat in a more open, streamlined shape. The block can also be used in Triangle Pose to provide stability, allowing you to stay linear and prevent you from hunching over or arching your back.
For those who are not quite ready for the full chaturanga (Low Push Up) because of inflexibility, bringing a block underneath your hands can help you find a more comfortable and sustainable alignment while still building strength to achieve the pose in time.