When I first started practising yoga, I was reluctant to use any props. I considered them unnecessary; using them proved that I couldn’t move into the asana by myself. I admit, I didn’t think it was a good “look”.
Ah, the ego. Powerful, isn’t it?!
Fast forward a decade and I now regard a yoga block as a welcome aid; it offers relief and extension, allowing me to comfortably and safely move deeper into my practise. And, on days when my body is tired and sore, I reach for my block because I know I need its support.
Over the past ten years I have grown and birthed three babies. My practice has evolved to honour my changing body; my swollen belly has become a weak core, my hyper-flexible hips have lost their strength and my body craves a gentle practice over an energetic one.
But regardless of how many weeks or months pass between studio visits to ashtanga classes, my body remembers the sequence. It’s incredibly comforting to feel myself respond to the poses...to rediscover my breath and, ultimately, rediscover the asana.
In the past few months I have returned to a regular class and it’s there that I spend an hour on me; breathing, moving, being. I move through my practice with abundant gratitude for the space and the time to do so. But sometimes there are moments of regret and disappointment; the extra weight that has literally stuck after three babies makes some poses heavier, more difficult. Twisting in standing poses can be tricky because of my hyper-flexible hips; balancing requires all of my awareness and all of my (remaining) core strength.
Enter the yoga block from Cork Leaf. I’ve found myself reaching for it at every opportunity. It allows me to deepen my practise; I twist a little further and stretch with more ease. Ultimately, the block encourages me to practise without straining and damaging my body - it’s a gentle reminder that my body is not what is used to be and that’s ok.
Cork Leaf’s yoga block is firm yet smooth - a comfortable and supportive addition to your home or studio practise. “Like our yoga mats we wanted to provide an eco alternative to support our customers' yoga practice. The cork provides a comfortable but firm grip, not found in foam blocks. Cork blocks are not 'new' in the market but they are loved and wanted to bring this to our collection. We also plant a native tree in Australia for every cork yoga block sold,” says Cork Leaf’s Director, Christina Cavaco.
Yoga blocks allows you to open your body - to create space. They are for everybody at every stage of yoga - they can assist those who can’t reach their toes and, on the flipside, they can deepen the asana for those at an advanced level.
Jodi Wilson is a writer, photographer and yoga teacher living on the east coast of Australia.
In the centre of her home is an old timber table ingrained with pen imprints and teapot scalds. It holds crumbs and crayons and books. It’s where she gathers with her partner and their three children to eat, draw, talk and read. From this table she write stories of her days; a celebration of all that is true and good, calm and chaotic.
You can follow Jodi's journey at practisingsimplicity.com where essentially is a journal of motherhood and simplicity; an honest and authentic story of family life and making a home.