Yoga blocks, or yoga bricks, are an essential addition to your yoga practice, for beginners and experienced yogis alike. By creating a raised surface, you can reduce the distance between your body and the floor when in an upright pose, or increase the intensity of stretch when in a lying pose. Need a bit more help? We’ve collected some our Top 6 Yoga Block Exercises and broken them down so you can add them into your next yoga session.

Level: Beginner / Equipment: Yoga Blocks / Focus: Full Body Stretch / Toning / Balance 

1. Warrior 3 (Assisted)

  1. Start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Have your blocks placed a short distance in-front of you.
  2. Shift your weight onto your right leg, and plant your right foot firmly into the floor
  3. Slowly bend at the waist so that your left leg reaches straight behind you, and your torso comes forward, trying to keep them in a straight line.
  4. Keep bending until your torso is approximately parallel to the floor and place your hands on the blocks.
  5. Hold this position for a few breaths, and then lift back to an upright position.
  6. Repeat on the other leg.

2. Upward Facing Dog

  1. Start in a kneel, and come down to place your hands on your blocks in front of you, about shoulder distance apart.
  2. Spread your fingers wide and press firmly into the blocks, lifting your knees off the floor and into a plank pose.
  3. Adjust yourself to ensure you are comfortable and stable in this position.
  4. Roll your shoulders back and raise your chest while dropping your hips as low as you can before your knees hit the floor.
  5. Hold this position for a few breaths, then come down back onto your knees and into a kneeled position.

3. Tiger Pose

  1. Start on your hands and knees, so your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees are directly under your hips.
  2. Place your hands firmly on your yoga bricks. They should be roughly in line with your shoulders.
  3. Slowly raise your left leg, keeping it in a bent position. Roll your shoulders back and look ahead, to provide a lower back bend
  4. Stay here for a few breaths, then return back to your starting position.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

4. Hare Pose

  1. Start on your hands and knees, so your wrists are directly under your shoulders and your knees are directly under your hips.
  2. Slowly curl your back and lower your head and rest it on your yoga block on its shortest setting.
  3. When stable, pick up both your arms and clasp your hands behind your back.
  4. Raise and stretch your arms, until they are in an upright position, stay here for a few breaths
  5. Carefully come back down to your hands and knees.

5. Camel Pose

*Please note that yoga block exercises like the camel pose can cause dizziness in some people. If you begin to feel faint, carefully come out of the pose and go into a child pose with your head on the ground.

  1. Start sat on your knees, with your yoga blocks on their highest setting, right behind your feet.
  2. Place your hands on the yoga blocks, and push your hips up and away from the yoga blocks.
  3. Push your chest out, and slowly tilt your head back as far as you feel comfortable.
  4. Stay here for a few breaths.
  5. Return to your kneeled position.

6. Crow Pose

*This is the most advanced of our yoga block exercises, so don’t worry if you cannot do it straight away!

  1. Start crouched on top of one of your yoga blocks on its shortest setting on the balls of your feet. Your 2nd block should be in front of you on its tallest setting.
  2. Place your hands on the ground, while keeping your arms inside of your knees. Ensure your hands are firmly planted on your mat.
  3. Rest your knees on your upper arms, and tilt your whole body forwards, until your toes come off your back block.
  4. You can use the block ahead of you to rest your head to assist your balance, but most of your weight should be on your wrists and upper arms to avoid pressure in the neck.
  5. Stay here for a few breaths.
  6. Lift your head, and tilt back onto your feet on the back block to return to your original pose.

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