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Yoga Riot (33 of 47)


we put 2 blocks next to every mat at yogaRIOT because we want you to use them.

if you need them.

but how do you know if you need a block, or two?

use them to help make the pose

more powerful

more grounded

more balanced

more aligned

blocks are not cheating, blocks are tools. use them all the time. use them well.

when you use your block (or the floor) stay lifted through your core, balancing on your fingertips. keep from dumping weight into your wrist like this to keep your wrist safe.


instead place your hand like this


notice in this series as the student goes from no block to blocks how her pose opens and lifts


here weight is forward in the knee and the toes, chest is pointed down, back foot is low, neck is tweaked


here weight is all over the foot, joints are stacked, lines are straight up and down and back and front, her chest is lifted and open, her neck long

this happens because the blocks gives the standing hamstring room, allowing the top leg to lift higher and straighter, the chest and shoulder can open more, creating stability and strength.

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