Surprisingly, not all yoga blocks are created equal. Here's how to choose the best yoga block for your practice and preferences.

By Renee Cherry
May 01, 2020
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Believe it or not, shopping for yoga blocks deserves just as much time and attention as you'd dedicate to selecting the perfect yoga mat. They might not look like much, but yoga blocks can expand your options by allowing you to modify moves during a class or at-home yoga practice.

Yoga blocks allow you to adjust poses to your current skill and flexibility level, says Mariel Castilla, area leader for CorePower Yoga. For example, if you want to maintain a straight back during pyramid pose, but doesn't have the flexibility to do so while touching the ground, a block can bring the floor higher. "You can use a block to stabilize and lengthen in a posture, encourage muscle action, and more," adds Castillo. (Related: This Manduka Yoga Bundle Is Everything You Need for a Home Practice)

Plus, yoga blocks are a versatile tool for beginners and advanced yogis alike. Castillo says some of her favorite uses for yoga blocks include placing one under the sit bones (translation: the bones you literally sit on, which extend from the bottom of your pelvis) for support during an easy seated position, placing one under the bottom hand during half moon pose for stability, or squeezing a yoga block between the thighs during belly-up to further engage the lower abs. You get the gist–the possibilities for ways to use a yoga block are endless.

Just as there are countless ways to use yoga blocks, there are a ton of options to choose from when deciding which to buy. Not sure what to look for? Here are seven of the best yoga blocks to consider adding to your at-home arsenal. (Related: The Best Yoga Mats for Hot Yoga)

Best Overall Yoga Block: Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block

Manduka is known for its top-of-the-line yoga mats (and cozy leggings!), but the brand's yoga blocks stand out too. They have a little more weight to them than your typical foam block, which means added stability when you're attempting to balance. If you love the softness and cushion of foam but want a more sustainable option, you'll appreciate that these yoga blocks are made of up to 75 percent recycled plastic. (Related: This Manduka Yoga Bundle Is Everything You Need for a Home Practice)

Best Affordable Yoga Block: Gaiam Embossed Yoga Block

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While this embossed black yoga block looks expensive, it's actually really economical. The carved design isn't just for aesthetics—it also adds a little extra grip. This block is slightly weightier than the brand's more basic option (the Yoga Essentials Block) but nearly as affordable.

Best Narrow Yoga Block: Adidas High-Density Yoga Block

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If you find the yoga blocks at your studio to be too thick for your grip, you might want to invest in a block that's on the narrower side. This slim option also has beveled edges, which might make it a more comfortable choice and one that won't dig into your palms during practice. (Related: The Best Yoga Towels for Even the Hottest Hot Yoga Sessions)

Best Cork Yoga Block: Jade Yoga Cork Blocks

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In general, cork blocks tend to be heavier than foam, which means less risk of wobbling when you're using it for balance poses. This one weighs just more than a pound, while a lot of foam options weigh half that. Also nice: It's made of cork that's sustainably harvested from trees in Portugal. (Related: How to Shop for Sustainable Activewear)

Best Yoga Block with Strap: Sugarmat Sugarloot 1 Yoga Block and Stretching Strap

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Yoga straps are another tool that can "meet you where you're at right now" as you increase your flexibility. You can incorporate them into restorative yoga to make poses more comfortable. For $40, this giftable set includes a foam block and a matching, soft strap. (Related: These Yoga Accessories Will Take Your Chi to the Next Level)

Best Curved Yoga Block: Manduka Unblok

Okay, you haven't just been staring at your screen for too long—this yoga block really has a curved edge. The straight sides will keep the block from moving on the ground while a curved edge will feel more comfortable under your palms or back during certain poses and stretches. (Related: The Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners)

Buy It: Manduka Unblok, $24, rei.com

Best Yoga Block In a Set: Sunshine Yoga Restorative Yoga Kit

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If you plan to do a lot of yoga at home, you might find yourself investing in prop after prop. Pro tip: It's easier (and cheaper) to buy a set. This one includes everything you'll need to make an EOD restorative yoga session as relaxing as possible, including a bolster, eye pillow, strap, blanket, and a pair of black yoga blocks.

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