How to Use a Yoga Block
If you are curious about how to get more creative about using your yoga blocks then this yoga video is for you.
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Today, I am going to show you how to use your yoga blocks to do crow pose, for upper back and shoulder pain, and a cool yoga block trick for a great ab workout.
If you are a yin loving, restorative yogi like me, your abs and upper body strength might be a little lacking for crow pose.
This sequence with the blocks can help you build to crow pose.
- Start with the blocks on the highest setting. If you have cork blocks like mine, you may want to place a blanket on the blocks as well (come on, you didn’t think I was going to give up my restorative yoga tendencies that easily did you?)
- Place your shins on the blocks and keep your toes off the ground. Pull up through your pelvic floor and draw back through your navel. Your hands are under your shoulders. If your wrists are bothering you, come up onto fists. This will help to build the core strength and abdominal strength you need for crow pose.
- Place the blocks on the lowest setting. Draw your knees right up under your shoulders. Come up onto your tippie toes on the blocks. Breathe and feel your upper body and core strength.
- Lift one toe off the block
Over time you may be able to lift both toes off the block.
Benefits of Crow Pose: Builds Strength in your arms, inner thighs and abs. Creates focus.
Thread the Needle with Blocks
- Start on All Fours
- Place one block on the lowest setting: this is going to be for your head.
- Place one block in front of it on the highest setting: this is going to be for your hand.
- Inhale lift your left arm and rotate your body to the left side, lower your left shoulder to the ground, rest the left side of your head on the block and your right arm will extend so that your hand rests supported on the block.
Benefits: Releases your shoulders, chest, arms, upper back and neck. If you carry a lot of tension in your upper back between your shoulder blades, then you are going to love this yoga pose.
Melting Heart Variation with Blocks
- Choose and appropriate height for your block.
- Start on all fours. Keep your legs at a ninety degree angle to the ground. Place your elbows on the blocks and soften your heart towards the ground.
Benefits: Opens the shoulders. It is a back bend for your middle and upper back. Softens your heart.
Variation on Side Plank with a Block
- Place your right hip on a yoga block on the lowest setting nad your right elbow directly under your right shoulder on the ground.
- Draw in through your navel and up through your pelvic floor.
- On an exhale, keep your legs glued together and lift your legs off the ground.
- Hold and breathe for 1 minute.
Benefits: This variation on a side plank will activate your obliques and your quadratus lumborum. It will also strengthen portions of the iliopsoas. We have Jill Miller to thank for this exercise.
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