Block party

Loving this current free subscription to Yogaglo, on cold days, being a bit off the beaten path to get to a yoga class it’s sometimes crucial for my sanity to stay in and get a practice going. So far so good! I’ve always been a fan of blocks integrated into yoga practice, be it for chest opening in pranayama or using it as a balancing prop in standing poses… hadn’t thought of this one before and this class led by Dice Iida-Klein…(I may seem dyslexic but had to Google him and still am not sure if it’s LIDA or IIDA!!!)

So in this one hour practice on Yoga Glow, the instructor introduced two blocks to support you during handstand practice. I likened it to trying SUP Yoga (Stand up paddle board yoga) which I had the chance to try in Michigan last summer. The foam in the blocks is dense but slightly porous and you need to stabilize at your core to meet the give and take balancing on foam blocks requires.

D'oh! Elbows in. Garudasana legs good!

D’oh! Elbows in. Garudasana legs good!

Here is an idea of what they did in the Yogaglo class, minus scorpion bending in the back, I put these blocks too far away from the wall for handstand practice in this picture

Here is an idea of what they did in the Yogaglo class, minus scorpion bending in the back, I put these blocks too far away from the wall for handstand practice in this picture

 

Compensating for lifting my head by arching in the back, hips need to be over shoulders more, nice to find some distance in the splits. No blocks

Compensating for lifting my head by arching in the back, hips need to be over shoulders more, nice to find some distance in the splits. No blocks

 

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