If you've ever felt like you can't quite reach a pose or hold it for as long as you'd like, don't worry – you're not alone. That's where blocks and straps come in. These simple props can make a big difference in your yoga practice, helping you to achieve proper alignment, deepen your stretches, and ultimately enhance your overall experience.
So, what exactly are blocks and straps? Blocks are usually made of foam or cork and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. At Fable, we craft ours with Cork so that they're both sustainable and sturdy. They can be used to help support your body in certain poses, such as when you're reaching for your toes in a forward fold or attempting a half-moon pose. Straps, on the other hand, are long pieces of fabric that can be used to extend your reach in poses where your arms may not quite make it. For example, a strap can be helpful in a seated forward bend or a bound angle pose.
One of the biggest benefits of using blocks and straps in your yoga practice is that they can help you achieve proper alignment. By using a block to support your body or a strap to extend your reach, you can ensure that you're getting the most out of each pose and avoiding potential injury.
Blocks and straps can also help you deepen your stretches, allowing you to go further into a pose than you may be able to on your own. For example, if you're struggling to touch your toes in a forward fold, placing a block in front of your feet can give you something to reach for and help you get deeper into the stretch. Similarly, using a strap in a seated forward bend can allow you to extend your reach and stretch your hamstrings even further.
Finally, using blocks and straps can simply make your yoga practice more enjoyable. By helping you achieve proper alignment and deepen your stretches, these props can help you feel more confident and comfortable in your practice. And when you feel good in your practice, you're more likely to keep coming back to the mat and experiencing all the benefits that yoga has to offer.
In conclusion, blocks and straps are an excellent addition to any yoga practice, whether you're a beginner or an experienced yogi. By helping you achieve proper alignment, deepen your stretches, and ultimately enhance your overall experience, these simple props can make a big difference in how you approach and enjoy your practice. So next time you're on the mat, give them a try and see how they can help you take your practice to the next level.