3 Tips For Making Your Own Yoga Blocks

If you are looking to make the most out of your yoga experience, then you need yoga blocks. These blocks are used to help you gain more flexibility, and they can help you maintain your balance in certain poses. You can purchase yoga blocks from a fitness store, but they may be harder to find if your area doesn't cater to yogis. Luckily, you can make some yourself if you can't easily find them; you can also make substitutes to save money while you still increase your flexibility.

1. Use a Large Book (Or Multiple Books)

A large book -- such as a big, thick dictionary -- can actually be used as a yoga block. Look for a large book that you don't want or need anymore, or look for one at a flea market or thrift store. Then, use duct tape to evenly wrap up the dictionary. This will prevent it from falling open when you're trying to do your favorite poses. You can also stack two or three smaller books on top of each other and tape them together, but look for books that are similar in size so that they stack easily and evenly.

2. Make One Out of Wood

Even if you aren't particularly skilled with a saw, you can still make a yoga block -- it's pretty easy to do. Simply cut a block of wood into the size of your choice, or head to a home improvement store and ask that a piece of wood be cut to size for you. Once you have your piece of wood, use a piece of sandpaper to gently smooth out the edges to help prevent splinters. You can then cover the piece of wood with a piece of cloth and sew it together for a nice-looking, custom yoga block that you can design to your size specifications. If you don't want to work with wood, covering a square piece of cork or a square chunk of extruded polystyrene foam can also work.

3. Use a Shoe Box

A shoe box is a great size for a yoga block. Although it might not be sturdy enough to use for sitting poses, it can be a good choice for helping with flexibility and balance in other standing poses. Just make sure that you tape the lid on top to prevent it from coming off while you are working out. If you don't have a cardboard shoe box, you can purchase a plastic shoe storage box from a discount store.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can make your own yoga blocks. Try one or all three of these ideas to create yoga blocks.