What many people don’t realize is that blocks can also enhance an asana practice for students of all levels. Every BODY is unique in bone structure, muscularity and proportion. Some people have longer legs and a shorter torso. Others have broad shoulders and long arms. For this reason, no two postures will ever look the same! That said, each pose has a specific intention that is consistent from person to person. Using lateral side bending poses as an example; triangle, side angle, half-moon pose; the goal is not to get your hand on the ground; it is to create length on the sides of your body.
Use a block under your bottom hand to bring the ground up. This supports spinal alignment. When the spine is parallel to the earth, you can effectively roll your front hip under, pull your navel to your spine, and lengthen both sides of the body equally. Next yoga practice grab a couple of blocks and play around, or ask a yoga teacher for guidance. You might find new ways to open up your body and experience your favorite postures differently. Here are just a few poses to show how using a yoga block can be of use.
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