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10 Ways to Use Blocks to Advance Your Yoga Practice

Props aren’t just for beginners; they can be used to develop and even deepen dimensions of asana practice. The humble yoga block, for example, gives us countless ways to vary our practice—highlighting sensations that help us experience a pose in a new way. Here are 10 to try.
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Before I became a yoga teacher, I didn’t use props; I didn’t “need” them to achieve the pose. It’s poetic justice that many of my students share my old attitude. They seem to disdain using blocks or straps, seeing them as an admission of weakness or inability to perform the "full pose."

But here’s what I’ve learned: props are tools. You wouldn’t judge a builder as "bad" at his or her work because they used the right tool for the job, so why not use the appropriate prop in yoga practice? Props aren’t just for beginners; they can be used to develop and even deepen dimensions of asana practice. The humble yoga block, for example, gives us countless ways to vary our practice—highlighting sensations that help us experience a pose in a new way. Here are 10 of my favorites.

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10 Ways to Use Blocks to Advance Your Yoga Practice

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Rachel Land teaches internationally as a Yoga Medicine teacher trainer, and spends the rest of her time offering vinyasa, yin, and one-on-one yoga sessions in Queenstown, New Zealand. Passionate about anatomy, she completed a 500-hour teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine and is currently working on her 1000-hour certification.