Yoga blocks are useful tools that can take your yoga practice or 'work-out' to the next level, regardless of your experience level. But which type of yoga block do you choose and which one suits you best?
Choosing between yoga blocks: Foam, cork or wood?
Yoga blocks are useful tools that can take your yoga practice or 'work-out' to the next level, regardless of your experience level. They provide support, help improve balance and allow you to move deeper into postures. Yoga blocks are just part of it.
But which type of yoga block do you choose and which one suits you best? Let's look at the three most common options: foam, cork and wood.
Foam yoga blocks: lightweight and nice and soft
For whom: Foam yoga blocks are ideally suited for beginners and people with injuries or sensitive joints.
Foam yoga blocks are lightweight and soft, making them easy to handle and providing comfort while performing asanas (yoga poses). They are great for improving flexibility and exploring new poses. Moreover, they are affordable, which makes them attractive to beginners.
And the best news: nowadays they are made from recycled plastic. In addition, you can also get them in beautiful colors. From very striking to very modest.
Cork yoga blocks: Sturdy and durable
For whom: Cork yoga blocks are ideal for more experienced yogis who are looking for stability and durability.
Cork yoga blocks are sturdier than foam blocks and provide a stable base for different postures. They are great for improving balance and supporting more advanced poses.
Cork blocks are nice and light and nice to hold.
Cork is naturally anti-slip and offers an environmentally friendly alternative.
Wooden yoga blocks: Natural elegance and stability
For whom: Wooden yoga blocks are ideal for those looking for a combination of stability and aesthetics.
Wooden yoga blocks are the beauties among yoga blocks and offer a natural look. They are sturdy and stable, making them great for advanced yogis and those looking for a challenge in their practice. Wood blocks can also be used for seated meditation postures. However, they are often more expensive and heavier than foam and cork.
Conclusion: which yoga block suits you?
The choice between foam, cork and wooden yoga blocks depends on your personal needs and preferences. As a beginner, it is best to start with foam blocks because of their lightness and softness. If you are looking for more stability and durability, cork blocks are a good option. For a natural look and strength, choose wooden blocks.
Regardless of your choice, remember that yoga blocks are designed to support and enrich your practice. They can help you get more out of your yoga classes and sessions, regardless of your age, experience level or goals.
Which do you choose? It's still difficult, because they are all so beautiful! Namaste
Marga van der Vet is a 50+ model and regularly blogs about the benefits of yoga.