Yoga blocks are an essential element in your yoga practice. They enable you to stabilize yourself and extend your poses further than you could without them.
So, how many yoga blocks do you need? The average person needs two yoga blocks. If you’re buying yoga blocks for a yoga studio, you should get two blocks per person. So if you have ten students, you should purchase 20 yoga blocks. Moreover, it’s wise to buy different-sized blocks for different students.
To learn more about the number, size, and type of blocks you should invest in, read on. In this article, I cover the usage of blocks from the perspective of a student and also from that of a studio.
Note: If you are a yoga studio owner, you can use StudioGrowth to rent out blocks and mats when your students book a class. Check it out. It’s pretty neat!
What Are The Benefits of Yoga Blocks?
The main benefit of using yoga blocks is that they give you the support you need when you want to try out new poses. Beginner yogis tend to struggle with full poses, and blocks provide the extra stability they need by filling up the space between their arms/legs and the floor.
If you can’t get your hands on the floor, blocks can also help out.
They are also quite light, weighing about 0.5 – 1 pound per block. This weight makes blocks suitable for carrying in a backpack when you have yoga class after school or work.
To summarize, here are the main benefits of blocks:
- Used to raise the floor to help with stability.
- Helpful for beginners and intermediate yogis.
- Help develop perfect alignment.
- Improve your range of movement.
- Very affordable.
- Recyclable materials used to produce them.
What Size Yoga Blocks Do You Need?
The size of the yoga block you need depends on your height.
If you’re on the taller end, you’ll need extra support for your body on the ground. Larger yogis should purchase 5″ blocks, as they’re the biggest option.
If you’re of average stature, you should get 3″ or 4″ blocks instead.
Standing at 3″ x “6 x 9″, 3″ yoga blocks are the most popular blocks for people of average height. If you’re on the smaller end of the height spectrum, you might find the 4” too wide if you’re not a large person.
3″ blocks are also perfect for restorative yoga, as they allow you to customize the practice to your tastes. Many yogis regard them as the most affordable blocks, and you’ll find them in every yoga studio.
Note: If you need a spacer for the thighs, 3″ blocks are the ideal option.
4″ blocks measure 4″ x 6″ x 9″, and they tend to be the typical size for blocks made of hardened materials like wood and bamboo. These are the ideal blocks for general-purpose use, and they’re universally helpful. You’ll also find 4″ blocks in every yoga studio.
Note: If you’re not sure which size block you should get, I recommend playing it safe and choosing a 4″ option.
5″ blocks are the largest blocks available. Flexible practitioners can benefit from having access to bigger blocks because they barely topple over, and you can place them at the end to stabilize your posture.
Despite their larger size, 5″ blocks tend to be lightweight, weighing less than a pound on average.
Are Yoga Blocks Only for Beginners?
Blocks are primarily for use by beginner yogis. As advanced yogis gain more flexibility, they have less need for blocks.
These devices can also help you surpass physical limitations or uncertainties about your pose when you’re just starting. They act as a silent assistant, helping you achieve poses that seem out of reach at your current level of flexibility. Once you’ve pulled off harder poses using blocks, you’ll eventually gain the ability to perform that pose without them.
Not only can the blocks help you develop adequate alignment, but they can also ‘lift the floor’ to meet your body while stretching.
Advanced yogis can also experience benefits from incorporating blocks into their daily exercise. The blocks can help you deepen poses that you’re already familiar with, thereby boosting your flexibility. In this way, advanced yogis can achieve higher levels of flexibility.
How Much Do Yoga Blocks Cost?
The average price for a yoga block is between $10-20 per block.
The price depends on the size and material.
& Most blocks will last you for at least five years, and the more expensive options made of wood can last up to 20 years. You’ll find that well-established yoga studios have used the same blocks for decades at a time. As such, you can think of your yoga block purchase as a long-term investment.
As a beginner yogi, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and this is one of the cheapest and most helpful pieces of equipment you could purchase.
What Are Yoga Blocks Made Out Of?
Most yoga block manufacturers use sustainable materials that last over 20 years with proper use and storage. Some blocks created in the 90s are still used in yoga studios because they last so long.
This longevity makes buying blocks an economical and pragmatic decision for almost every yoga practitioner.
The most common materials for blocks are recycled foam, EVA foam, cork, bamboo, and wood. Each one carries its own merits, and they’re all equally affordable. Your choice should boil down to personal preference and the functionality you need.
EVA foam blocks are the most popular yoga blocks, and you can purchase them in most yoga stores. Some yoga studios also sell yoga equipment, and you could buy blocks from your local yoga studio as well.
Like the other yoga block types, these come in three standard sizes: 3″, 4″ and 5″.
EVA foam is a non-toxic, recyclable material. Other equipment in sports such as foot soles, costumes, and ski shoes also use EVA foam. Its many uses mean that manufacturing this material is extremely cheap, making EVA foam blocks one of the most affordable options for budget-minded yogis.
This foam is also durable, eco-friendly material – so if you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, EVA foam blocks are an excellent choice.
Agricultural plastic sheeting previously used for growing crops is a recycled material used to make Yoga blocks. These are environmentally-friendly blocks, and they are also very affordable due to the cheap manufacturing process.
Materials harvested from the Cork Oak tree, which is one of the hardest yoga block manufacturing materials available, make Cork yoga blocks. Cork blocks are recyclable, and they’re environmentally-friendly, as Cork Oak trees can continue growing even after harvest.
Cork Oak trees can live for up to 200 years, and they only grow in countries in the Mediterranean region, such as Spain and Italy. Cork harvesting is a huge business due to the waterproof nature of this tree and the natural friction that allows blocks to remain stable while enduring the weight of a person’s body.
While all yoga blocks are slip-resistant, Cork blocks are particularly hard to lose your grip on thanks to the inherent friction that cork provides.
Wooden yoga blocks are typically the hardest blocks. These can be more expensive than other block types, as many of them are hand-crafted. They tend to have smooth finishes, and they’re the preferred choice for many professional yoga practitioners.
Bamboo is an emerging material for yoga blocks because the properties of bamboo are similar to those of wooden blocks, and it’s also a sturdy material. In East Asian countries where bamboo is abundant, bamboo blocks are popular. Moreover, bamboo blocks are an environmentally-friendly option.
To conclude, you only need two yoga blocks if you’re a solo practitioner. If you run a studio, you should buy two blocks for every person that will need one. You should tailor your purchase to your height – smaller yogis should choose 3″ or 4″ blocks, while larger yogis should go with 5″ blocks. If you run a studio, buy a variety of sizes to accommodate people of all sizes.
If you run a yoga studio, I have written an article discussing the most common question I get asked, are yoga studios profitable? Give it a read, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the answer.
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Naz Ahm is the founder of StudioGrowth and has spent a decade growing start-ups and venture-backed companies. He writes about sales, marketing, and growth, especially in the fitness and wellness industry.
Naz has an MBA from IESE Business School and started his journey in the wellness industry when he set-up an on-demand wellness business. Naz currently resides in London, U.K.