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Yoga products is a category that lists all of the discussions that surround the use of various types of products in all different kinds of yoga practices. Yoga products can be as familiar as mats or as exotic as bolsters and pillows and other forms of accessories.
  • Use Yoga Blocks in Intense Side Stretch

    Use Yoga Blocks for Extra Length and Ease
    Parsvottanasana, aka Intense Side Stretch, stretches your hamstrings as it lengthens your spine. It stabilizes and challenges your balancing abilities and energizes your legs.

    However, sometimes the relationship between the hamstrings and back needs to be brought into balance. For most of us, moving too far forward in the pose will cause the back to round and the front torso to contract. There is a variation that allows the front body to rest on the front leg, but for most of us, the greatest, most expansive benefit comes from keeping your torso long, parallel...

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  • Shore Up Your Bridge Pose with a Yoga Block

    Restorative Bridge Pose with a Yoga Block
    Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose) is an all-around beneficial pose for counteracting the most prevalent poses we practice in our daily lives. You know the ones: hunching over a desk or a steering wheel, slouching in comfy chairs.

    Most of what we do every day involves flexing our hip joints and leaning forward, which shortens the front body and weakens the back body. When practiced actively, Bridge Pose is an accessible, easy pose that stimulates and strengthens the back body and expands the front body.

    Practiced passively, with the support of a Yoga Block, Bridge Pose not only...

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  • Yoga Blocks 3 Ways

    3 Great Ways to Use Yoga Blocks
    Yoga Blocks are one of the most essential tools in yoga practice. They give support, keep our joints aligned and allow us to breathe freely. Yoga Blocks were originally developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, who was well known for his insistence on alignment integrity. The three dimensions of standard-sized Yoga Blocks (4" x 6" x 9") were determined by Mr. Iyengar to offer the best choices for stability and versatility.

    Hugger Mugger designed our first Yoga Blocks back in the 1980s according to Iyengar’s specifications. Since then, we’ve pioneered the use of softer and lighter materials...

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  • How to Choose the Best Yoga Blocks

    Bamboo Yoga Block (top), Recycled Foam Yoga Block (left), 4-Inch Foam Yoga Block (right)

    Choose the Yoga Blocks that Fit Your Yoga Practice
    The first time I used Yoga Blocks 30-some years ago I can’t say I loved the experience. The blocks were very heavy—solid pine—and had sharp edges that dug into my skin. They were also very slippery. The chances of dropping them on toes—and causing significant damage—were high. Plus my ego resisted using something I thought of back then as a crutch.

    All that has changed. My small studio has 50 Yoga Blocks stored in its prop...

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  • Yoga Strap: Open Your Shoulders in Gomukhasana

    Use a Yoga Strap for a Great Shoulder Opening
    Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) is a staple in my morning yoga classes. Years ago, several of my students made up unflattering names for it—Cow Pie, Mad Cow, etc.—because it was so challenging for them. Now those same Cow Face naysayers have turned into Cow Face converts, even sometimes giving up a bit of their Savasana to do it if I don’t offer it in class.

    Gomukhasana is quite complex. It’s classified as a hip opening pose, as it stretches all the glutes—maximus, medius and minimus—as well as the piriformis and the tensor fasciae...

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  • Bound Angle Pose: Support Your Spine with a Yoga Strap

    Bound Angle Pose: Use a Yoga Strap to Support Healthy Sitting
    I was first introduced to poses associated with yoga in grade school, when my sisters and I took ballet lessons. I remember practicing Baddha Konasana—called “Butterfly” in girls’ ballet classes—every day. With ballet’s emphasis on turnout, Butterfly is one of its important warm-up exercises.

    Practicing Baddha Konasana requires and develops outward rotation of the hip joints—that is, if the hip joints are shaped in such a way that outward rotation is even possible. The pose develops outward rotation by stretching the adductors (the muscles that draw the leg in toward the...

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  • How to Relieve Knee Pain with Yoga Blocks

    Yoga Blocks Alleviate Knee Discomfort
    Having spent most of my yoga teaching life in Utah, the place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth,” I’ve hosted a lot of dedicated skiers in my classes with various knee issues. Movement restrictions tend to fall into two camps: those whose knees don’t flex very far and those whose knees feel painful when the knees are flexed and the thighbones are externally rotated in seated poses, as in Sukhasana (Cross-Legged Pose). I’ve observed that if someone experiences one type of knee pain, they usually don’t have a problem with the other.

    In the first case...

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  • De-stress Your Shoulders, Chest and Neck with a Sukasana Pillow

    Simple, Supported Backbend with a Sukasana Pillow
    Most of us spend most of our days hunched over a keyboard. When we leave work, we hunch over a steering wheel. They we get home and hunch over a cutting board. You get the idea. We spend a whole lot of our lives bending forward, often to the detriment of our neck and shoulders.

    Yoga has many antidotes for this, of course. Twisting, side bending and back bending all help to loosen up our beleaguered upper bodies. I often recommend to my students who suffer from neck and shoulder stiffness that they set a...

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  • Align Your Side Angle Pose with a Yoga Block

    Yoga Blocks Help You Align and Lengthen
    There are so many positive things to say about Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose). It promotes strength, stability, flexibility, expansion, grounding and balance. Plus it feels really great. Side Angle Pose engages every part of your body.

    While Side Angle Pose may not be as glamorous as some of the backbendy, hip-openy, gymnastic poses you’ll see on Instagram, it’s a stellar staple of asana’s repertoire. If you do see Side Angle Pose on Instagram, the model usually has their bottom hand on the ground with a perfectly straight topside of their body. But many, if not...

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  • Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

    Yoga Block for a Happy Spine
    Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes) is one of yoga’s ancient poses. Named for the sage, Matsyendra, it is one of the relatively few yoga asanas written about in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is said to have been Matsyendra’s favorite yoga asana.

    In the article “Heroes, Saints, and Sages” at yogajournal.com, Colleen Morton Busch writes about the pose’s namesake:
    “Matsyendra appears to have been an actual historical person, not just a figure of myth. Born in Bengal around the 10th century c.e., he is venerated by Buddhists in Nepal as an incarnation of the bodhisattva...

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