Diva Yoga


Wellness coach
July 14, 2020

One of the most popular props which was introduced by BKS Iyengar is brick/block. A yoga block can be used as an extension of the hand, or to support the back, hip, head, feet etc. One can use a very fat book instead of a block if they don't have one available.

Brick is an innovative prop which is excellent for beginners.

How does it help?

The block shortens the distance between the hand and the supporting surface (in a sense, it lifts up the floor to meet your hand), making it easier to lift your torso, expand through the chest and keep your upper body in alignment without collapsing into the side body.

It's an excellent way to introduce beginners to yoga as blocks make all poses more accessible.

It also helps advanced practitioners enter, and advance into, postures that would otherwise be inaccessible.

When your body is attempting to enter a new pose that’s (currently) past its limits, your muscles tense up (in the wrong ways – not in the muscle-building ways), actually keeping you from going deeper into the pose. A block gives the necessary support and ease into the pose and by default improve you asana practice.

Benefits of brick yoga

  • Support range of motion, thereby shortening the distance between you and the floor (“bringing the floor closer to you”)
  • Assist in establishing correct alignment
  • Help make yoga accessible to beginners and to those experiencing injury or other physical limitations
  • Bring awareness to properly engage and support muscles in a specific pose
  • Can be placed at the low, medium and high positions to accommodate more or less support

Who can do?

This form is truly beneficial for people with

  • low mobility
  • low flexibility
  • Beginners in yoga
  • Lack alignment

and individuals with health issues, this assisted form is going to introduce yoga to them in a more user friendly manner

Who should avoid?

Caution is advised to those with chronic pain, especially those who have had recent back surgery and abdomen surgery.