Yoga Blocks are a blessing for helping you to sit comfortably on the floor. They are especially important for Pregnancy Yoga and using yoga blocks helps prevent an aching back or hips when sitting. In Pregnancy Yoga, we also use two blocks to sit in a wonderfully comfortable and accessible pose called Thunderbolt Pose which is perfect if you are experiencing any pelvic pain including Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).
The yoga blocks can also be used in Pregnancy Yoga to support you in Hare Pose as your bump grows bigger, allowing you to rest completely.
Yoga blocks can help you maintain alignment in your body even if you can’t put weight through your wrists due to wrist pain, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
You will need to buy two yoga blocks of specific dimensions for the Pregnancy Yoga course. We have four main ways in which you can choose to sit during some of the breathing, meditation and visualisation practices, and also during the upper body warm ups: Cross-Legged Pose, Thunderbolt Pose, Stick Pose and Star Pose.
For Thunderbolt Pose, every woman will need at least two blocks, and this pose is one which makes mums-to-be who enter class with achey backs and hips breathe a huge sigh of relief as they find themselves sitting comfortably for the first time in weeks!
Most women will find they need at least one block to find correct alignment in Cross-Legged Pose, Stick Pose and Star Pose, although some will be correctly aligned when sitting directly on the floor. Correct alignment is ESSENTIAL for finding comfort in the back and hips when sitting, and to be able to breathe wide and full into the chest without hunching the shoulders, and closing down the chest. I always feel so happy when I see a woman who thought she was just about ok in a floor seated position sit up on a block and smile euphorically as they realise how much better they can breathe!