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The Science Behind Yoga: Its Benefits And Why You Need It

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There's no denying that Yoga's incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person's overall health. In fact,modern science has confirmed that yoga has tangible health benefits like improved brain function, increased immunity, denser bonesand better nervous system functioning.

This is exactly why yoga has been one of the most revered exercises known today. Without further ado, let's look at fivehealth benefits that you can enjoy once you start doing it religiously:

Improve your flexibility with the help of yoga. Photo: Pexels The relaxing approach of yoga helps ensure that body stretching is done safely. Thus, allowing your nervous system to release the muscles into gentle and effective stretches.

Releasing your muscles tensions can also help them relax to help your body open up more. A study in 2013 proves that yoga does improve balance and mobility in older adults.

Reduce inflammation with the help of yoga. Photo: Pexels Inflammation is a normal immune response to your body. However, chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of inflammatory diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Doing yoga twists gently massages your organs and encourages new blood flow. This twist generates flexibility in the spine and reduces chronic inflammation.

In addition, a study conducted in 2014 revealed that 12 weeks of yoga reduced the inflammation in breast cancer survivors.

Get rid of your stress with the help of yoga. Photo: Pexels Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and help people relax.This can be the perfect solution to your modern and fast-paced lifestyle.

Along with the relaxation that yoga brings, it also has a positive impact on improving activity levels. Studies show that adding yoga to your daily routine can promote better sleep. It alsohelps ease depression, anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

Improve your breathing by doing yoga regularly. Photo: Pexels Scientific studies have found that practicing yoga does improve breathing and improves lung capacity. It also promotes healthier lungs that do better oxygen circulation throughout your body.

Get a healthier heart by doing yora regularly Photo: Pexels Practicing yoga is known to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It also lowers excessive blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and reduces their need for medications.

In fact, yoga is included in many cardiac rehabilitation programs due to its cardiovascular benefits.

Changing your lifestyle can be challenging without knowing the basics first. Yoga Download provides everything you need to know and will guide you through the whole process until you develop a functioning and productive routine.

Yoga Download is one of the best ways to maintain yoga sessions regularly. Photo: https://yogadownload.com You can also get unlimited access to all yoga classes when you sign up on their site. They offer online classes and let you choose your own yoga instructor. You can even choose your own musicduring the entire session! Sweet!

Another great option for your yoga journey is Wai Lana. They offer yoga products such as mats, music for meditation, eco-friendly gearsand pilate kits. Healthy living can even come naturally with the lifestyle products they also provide, making the practice of yoga easy and accessible to all.

Wai Lana Yoga is a great way to maintain doing yoga. Photo: https://shop.wailana.com Aside from yoga, they also offer lifestyle course tutorials in the form of DVDs. You can also draw inspiration from the inspirational stories found on their website!

With yoga, your body can have the incredible ability to heal itself by helping you practice being calm and mindful amidst your hectic lifestyle.

Live a healthy life --with yoga.

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Hayley Simonson, Managing Editor October 7, 2021

Take advantage of the group fitness yoga classes at the UNF wellness center, and embrace all the benefits that come along with attending yoga classes.

According to Hopkins Medicine, yoga has many benefits backed by scientific studies.

A common benefit most people recall is that yoga improves your strength and flexibility. Slow stretching and deep, focused, continuous breathing stimulates blood flow and warms up the muscles. Depending on the pose, one can build a lot of strength during yoga. This is due to the use of muscles that other exercises sometimes dont focus on.

Most students dont deal with too much back pain or arthritis, but yoga does ease these issues. The stretching poses are a safe route for increasing mobility without harsh movement. The American College of Physicians actually recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain and gentle yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomforts of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis, according to a Johns Hopkins review of 11 recent studies.

If these are issues you experience, or you know someone with these conditions, try it out and recommend the practice of yoga. Yoga is especially beneficial for athletes who put a lot of strain on their bodies. It can help with aiding or preventing injury.

Yoga is also very good for the health of the heart as it reduces stress and inflammation. It benefits heart health and helps you sleep better. Yoga also helps people sleep better because it slows down your breath, body, and mind and prepares you for rest.

The practice not only is mood and energy boosting but it seems to be ideal for reducing levels of stress, a common symptom of being a college student. If you need help managing stress and anxiety, yoga may be a great solution and self-care ritual.

According to the National Institutes of Health, some scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management and mental health.

Yoga is an excellent way to get connected to a community while putting your health and happiness first.

The UNF gym offers yoga classes throughout the week that Ospreys can attend free of charge.

Group fitness yoga schedule fall 2021:

Mondays: Relaxing Yoga at 7:30-8:25 am, Mixed Level Yoga at 6:00-6:55 pm

Tuesdays: Relaxing Yoga at 10:00-10:55 am

Wednesdays: Relaxing Yoga at 7:30-8:25 am, Mixed Level Yoga at 6:00-6:55 pm

Thursdays: Meditation 11-11:30 am, Mixed Level Yoga at 10:00-10:55 am, Relaxing Yoga 12:00-12:55 pm.

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Educated people and those who have been brought up on the internet are challenging expert advice. They think that they know everything. Even though they may know a little bit about many things through the internet, they still do not have the knowledge and wisdom gained by the experts through their in-depth study, reflection and practice.

People often forget the old sayings: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing or the more you know, the more you know how little you know. Americans in particular are brought up to believe in their radical freedom or leave me alone mind-set. I know as much or more than anyone else because I can read and write and get information from the internet. Therefore, I do not have to rely on the experts. I even know more than the experts.

This might lead to some major problems. For example: Experts and policy makers are two different kinds of people. Experts advise, whereas policy makers listen to this advice and take their own decisions affecting many people. Experts have no power except that of advising, whereas the policy makers might take wise decisions or politically motivated ones depending on their own priorities.

However, a number of people who use Facebook might utilize it as their major source of information. Since they learn about the COVID-19 virus and this pandemic from other people like them, they take their decisions on that basis. Nevertheless, the country in which we live to enjoy its comforts of electricity, gas, water, clean air, food and other amenities is also the one with whom we have signed an un-written social contract. In keeping with this alliance, we are committed to doing our part and society will do its part. We are a teamthat works together to achieve victory in the game of life. If 30% of the members of any team say that they would not go along with the other 70%, of the players, the end result might be a humiliating defeat for the entire team and its supporters. This pandemic might be our testing ground! Are we going to beat this opponent or is it going to defeat us. The choice is ours!

At present, our society, the world and each of us are facing the challenge of COVID-19. This pandemic is a test of whether we can follow our social contract. Since we belong to one humanity, we can beat this menace together. As human beings, we have survived through millenniums of adversity. We can also beat this calamity if we leave selfishness aside.

We should think about our children and grandchildren, whose future is being decided upon today by our actions. Do we want to leave the world safe for our offspring and, if so, how could we accomplish it? That is a big question. Can we bracket off our selfishness and think about the future of humanity during this pandemic? Are most of us going to be vaccinated to save our children and grandchildren? Our destiny and that of our offspring is in our own hands. Are we bold enough to take that difficult decision? Are we ready to confront this situation head-on? Once again, the choice is ours!

Most of us who try to digest bits and pieces of this enormous information feel stressed out. When this problem becomes unbearable, we rush to adopt some technique to lessen this mental anguish. During these uncertain times, we try to figure out the correct way to wade through this un-charted territory of information. We search for a tool to help us become one-pointed. We might explore various techniques.

One of them available to us is that of mindfulness meditation. Philosophers call it reflective thinking, whereas religions name it as prayer.

Driven by our intellectual or religious inclination, we might adopt one or the other which is convenient to offer solace during this difficult time. At present, to reduce this stress people might opt for the practice of yoga and meditation. When we are desperate, we are ready to seek the advice of the philosophers or religious people.

Whatever one does, hopefully it will lead to the easing of tension we are undergoing. We might be willing to take our chance. During a conversation between Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, they offered a distinction between prayer and meditation that might be useful here: Through prayer, you can talk to God to provide help to get through difficult time, however, through meditation God talks to you so that you can help yourself and others. The choice is yours!

Caution: The exercise below is a suggestion only. If done on a regular basis, it might help.

Suggested exercise

Sit in an easy posture on a mat or in a chair. Keep you back, neck and head straight up. Close your eyes. Breathe in and out for two minutes. Observe the flow of breathing. It will feel good.

Now, when you breathe in, think about love. When you breathe out, think about compassion. If other ideas come through your mind, recognize them and then go back to breathing in love and breathing out compassion.

Do this exercise for five minutes and then stop. Enjoy the relaxed feeling.

This exercise can also be done in bed before you fall asleep or when you get up in the morning.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra has been a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. He is Emeritus SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and founder of the Yoga and Meditation Society at SUNY Oneonta. His 20 videos on Ashok K Malhotra Yoga Institute Interviews are available on YouTube and his books through http://www.amazon.com and Kindle. Malhotra donates all royalties from books to the Ninash Foundation (www.ninash.org), a charity that builds schools for underprivileged female and minority children of India.

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Angry, tired or stressed? These powerful Yoga tips will help you conquer all – Hindustan Times

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World Mental Health Day: Pandemic has had a huge impact on our mind. Many of us have not only lost touch with the outside world but also with our inner self being constantly in stressful situations. The entire world is struggling with some or the other mental health issues. The cases of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems have skyrocketed. People are feeling burnt-out and trapped. Health experts across the world are cautioning people against the ill-effects of stress on their physical and mental health. Yoga is increasingly being suggested as an alternative therapy in many ailments and a holistic solution to our mental health troubles.

"For the past 1.5 years, we are disconnected with the outside world and mental health issues like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are on rise. Apart from these, every individual has been suffering mentally in some way or the other. Acceptance of the situation is important, only then any kind of treatment or therapy will work. One has to realise why they are feeling these sudden bouts of anger, not able to concentrate on work, being lazy and lethargic and not feeling energetic. Mood swings are happening without any reason and people are experiencing drop in the energy levels even on second and third way of the week. This impact could have been exacerbated by pandemic. Yoga can provide a solution to this," said Yoga guru Grand Master Akshar in a telecon with HT Digital.

The renowned Yoga guru recommends a combination of asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras and positive affirmation to deal with our emotions during pandemic and for good mental health.

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Yoga asanas to boost mental health

Vajrasana

Gently drop your knees down. Rest your pelvis on your heels. Keep your heels close to each other. Hold Apana Mudra. In Apana mudra, we join the tip of the middle and ring finger with the tip of the thumb to balance the Apana Vayu present in the body.

Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)

Begin with Dandasana. Ensure that your knees are slightly bent while your legs are stretched out forward. Extend your arms upward and keep your spine erect. Exhale and empty your stomach of air. With the exhale, bend forward at the hip and place your upper body on your lower body. Lower your arms and grip your big toes with your fingers. Try to touch your knees with your nose. Hold the posture for 10 seconds.

Padahastasana (Standing forward fold)

Stand straight. Fold forward with your upper body as you exhale. Drop your head and keep your shoulders and neck relaxed. Bend your knees slightly if you are a beginner. Place palms next to your feet. Hold this asana for a while. The asana energises your body and alleviates stress. It also helps improve the blood flow.

Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Begin by lying down on your stomach. Bend your knees and hold your ankles with your palms. Have a strong grip. Lift your legs and arms as high as you can. Look up and hold the posture for a while.

Chakrasana (Wheel pose)

Lie down on your back. Fold your legs at your knees and ensure that your feet are placed firmly on the floor. Bend your arms at the elbows with your palms facing the sky. Rotate your arms at the shoulders and place your palms on the floor on either side beside your head. Inhale, put pressure on your palms and legs and lift your entire body up to form an arch. Relax your neck and allow your head to fall gently behind.

These asanas stimulate happy hormones in our body and fill us with energy. Do each of these asanas for three minutes for one week to expect the desired result.

Pranayama for better sleep

A good night's sleep can keep many physical and mental diseases away. "When we are not able to sleep at night, our overall mental frame is affected and we become negative, sad, stressed and ill," says Grand Master Akshar. He recommends practicing Bhramari for five minutes every morning to improve the sleep quality.

How to do Bhramari

Sit in any comfortable pose such as Sukhasan, Ardhapadmasan or Padmasana. Straighten your back and close your eyes. Place your palms on your knees facing up in Prapthi Mudra. Place your thumbs on the 'Tragus', the external flap outside on your ear. Place your index finger on your forehead; your middle finger on the Medial Canthus and ring finger on the corner of your nostril. Inhale and fill your lungs with air As you exhale, slowly make a buzzing sound like that of a bee, i.e., mmmmmmm. Keep your mouth closed the entire time and feel the vibration of the sound disseminate throughout your body.

Tratak Kriya for controlling your emotions

For those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and feeling negative in general, Tratak can be very effective. "Practicing Tratak daily can give a 360 degree turn to your life. It is said to increase your psychic power and help you respond to a stressful situation better. No matter how the other person is communicating with you, you will feel calmness while responding to them," says Grand Master Akshar.

"It actives our pineal gland one will be able to control their impulsive reactions. Most of us are stressed because we do not know how to communicate effectively or without showing agitation and how to be a good listener. This kriya helps you with that," adds the Yoga guru.

How to do Tratak

Sit in a comfortable position and look at a lamp's flame without closing your eyes. If your eyes seem strained, you can move them a bit, but keep them opened. To look at one direction continuously is called Tratak.

Mudras for mental health

Certain mudras can help calm mind and balance blood pressure. These mudras will keep your energies balanced, neither too high or too low. Kanishtha mudra, Siddha mudra, Sahaj Shankha mudra should be practiced regularly for achieving this.

Positive affirmations

One can begin their day with positive affirmations like - 'I am good', 'the world is with me', 'I'm beautiful' or listen to something motivational that puts you in a better frame of mind.

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Have you ever felt like your yoga session simply wasnt enough?

Well now you can take your practice to the next level in the form of underwater yoga, a new activity created by the Windjammer Landing Hotel in Saint Lucia.

The classes take place 20 feet under the Caribbean Sea, and are designed to combat stress, promote healthy breathing and make new divers feel at ease in their underwater surroundings.

"The intent of the programme is to allow new divers to be able to relax under the water, because diving requires a lot of relaxing and getting comfortable in order to fine-tune your buoyancy and basically just be comfortable under there," explains Abigail Brown, Dive Master at Eastern Caribbean Diving.

"For experienced divers it's a way of just giving them another way to relax under the water, a more conscious way where they're actually thinking of their breath."

Once in the water, participants are encouraged to continue practising the deep breathing exercises they learned on the boat, as well as striking some underwater yoga poses.

The benefits of these exercises include slowing your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure, as well as inducing a feeling of calm - a key tool for those stranded at the bottom of the sea.

"The programme is also intended to allow folks to just unwind from the whole Covid situation and everything that's going on," explains Brown.

It's an introduction to yoga. So normally if we just say we have a yoga class people might not turn up. But if we have, say we have a yoga and diving class, divers might say 'ok I'm diving already let me just try it out' and that can be an introduction to yoga."

Watch the video above to find out more.

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I do yoga at least once or twice a week, but I've never tried a class specifically based on an affirmation, or even really considered it, until I found this affirmation-based, hips-focused flow from instructor Abiola Akanni, E-RYT 200. I took a class from Akanni on the Alo Moves app and loved it; she has a uniquely gentle way of teaching that helped me feel calm and grounded in the flow. My hips are always tight (lots of sitting, running, and neglecting to stretch as much as I should), so I knew I had to give this practice a try.

The best part about Akanni's hip-opening, affirmation-based flow is how completely, immersively relaxing it is. Eventually you ease your way down into Pigeon Pose and other deep hip openers, but Akanni lets you take your time getting there, starting with higher and more widespread postures like Pyramid Pose, Runner's Lunge, and Goddess Squat. And she mixes her affirmation "ease is always available" throughout the flow, encouraging you to modify a pose or go deeper as is comfortable.

Akanni explains her choice of affirmation at the beginning of the practice, saying, "As a Nigerian-American woman and a Black woman, society puts pressure on me to push myself." She says she puts herself in a box of "always trying to over-perform," and as a result, she doesn't take ease or comfort when it's available and sometimes creates barriers where there are none. To know that ease is always an option, Akanni said, "is truly transformational for me."

This affirmation infused the flow with a soft, tender feel, so I never felt like I had to pressure myself to hit a certain depth on any pose or force my body to look a certain way. By the end of the tension-releasing practice, I felt grounded in my body and comfortable with my boundaries and needs, both on my mat and off. You don't need any equipment for this practice, though I used a couple of blocks (thick books will also work) because my hips and hamstrings tend to be tighter. Watch the full video above and sink into this gentle flow!

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World Mental Health Day: Yoga is beneficial to your mental as well as physical health. Here are some yoga poses that can help relive anxiety and stress.

World Mental Health Day 2021: Try these yoga poses to ease stress and anxiety

Your mental health is of utmost importance. Stress and anxiety are common issues faced by many these days. If left uncontrolled, these can affect your day to day activities and physical health. This holds true for physical stress, psychological stress and emotional stress. Yoga plays a significant role in relaxing your mind and body, promoting your overall mental health. Yoga involves breath work and rhythm come together to repair and restore your body. As World Mental Health Day is almost here, here are some yoga poses that can help you manage stress and anxiety.

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This yoga pose elongates your spine and opens up your hip muscles. The pose has a calming effect, bringing down anxiety, and mental and physical exhaustion.

A great pose for your lymphatic and nervous system, Balasana calms the mind by releasing stress. It stretches the muscles of the thighs, hips and ankles; and is also good for getting relief from backaches and neck pains.

This exercise is great for stretching the muscles of the entire back and hamstrings. Besides busting stress and fatigue, it bolsters digestion and liver function; and alleviates PMS symptoms.

Paschimottanasana can improve digestion and liver function Photo Credit: iStock

Another good exercise for getting rid of fatigue and stress, the Happy Baby Pose stretches out your spine and groin muscles gently and effectively.

Besides having a soothing effect on the brain, the Uttanasana vitalizes the kidneys and liver. It is also good for your lower body muscles such as hips, knees, hamstrings and calves.

The Bhujangasana stretches your chest and shoulder muscles. It gives instant relief from lower back pain and fatigue. You feel refreshed and energized.

Cobra pose can help improve back pain Photo Credit: iStock

It also strengthens the entire spinal column and makes it flexible. Further, this pose assists in reducing abdominal fat.

With Yoga, one can promote overall wellness, health, fitness, and well-being.

(Dr. Mickey Mehta, Global Leading Holistic Health Guru / Corporate Life Coach)

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Manduka Yoga Grip Gel Helped Me Get a Grip on My Workout

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When I first started practicing Vinyasa yoga, my hands slid off of most yoga mats as slowly as thick syrup coming out of a bottle. My palms have the texture of smooth leather (on a good day), so getting a steady grip on the mat felt like it was never going to happen unless I used one of the few rubber mats that worked with my hands.

Over the years, I've been able to find a grip on the mat that involves spreading my fingertips wide, pressing down with my finger pads, and imagining scooping sand in the middle of my palms yeah, it's a bit of an intricate process. So when I got the opportunity to try the Manduka Yoga Grip Gel ($15), I was excited to see if this could've been the product to save me hundreds of dollars from rotating through yoga mats that never made me feel secure.

Keep reading to find out what the product feels like when applied, how it performs, and the ways in which it's also useful off of the yoga mat.

When I initially took the gel out of the package, I needed to figure out how to open it. At first, I tried twisting the bottle open, but I quickly realized that the way to getting the product out was by pulling the top up so the product could come out of the small hole at the top. Once I got the product onto my hands, I was mesmerized at what happened next. My hands were turning white. The instructions said the product might turn white, but I was still surprised to see my ghostly and slightly chalky hands.

Once the product was fully dry, it was time to put it to the test. I planted my hands on the mat without doing the previously mentioned intricate gripping method to find that my hands weren't sliding. Do you realize the amount of money I could've saved?! This little bottle of gel could've had my hands planted on any mat I wanted!

While it's still important to learn the proper intricate grip for poses like Down Dog, Crow, and Handstand, having this product would've made my intro to yoga so much easier. I could've paid attention to how to do the postures instead of filling my mind with worried thoughts of sliding off and face planting.

Off of the mat, I've found that this gel is useful for strength training as well as barre classes. During strength training, I'm able to get a firmer grip on the weights, and for barre, I'm able to get a secure grip on the barre, especially for Chair pose.

Overall, I believe this gel is definitely worth trying if you are like me and have leathery hands that find it hard to get a grip on your workout.

Tip: the chalky print washes away easily with a damp washcloth and warm water.

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Krista Marzewski became a yoga teacher four years ago, after she'd found fulfillment in the practice while beginning her recovery from substance abuse.

She'd done yoga 30 years before, but at the time, it wasn't for her. In rehab, it was. "Yoga comes to us when we need it," Marzewski said, "and it's changed my life."

She started taking free classes at the Turning Point Center in Burlington, then learned about Story Yoga, a nonprofit organization that provides yoga teacher training to those in recovery. Marzewski completed the course and is a certified yoga instructor. Among the classes she offers is one that's part of a 12-step program.

She also teaches those with less mobility, including older Vermonters at Cathedral Square. That work inspired her to apply for a Teaching for Equity grant from Yoga Alliance, a Virginia-based international nonprofit. She didn't think she'd get it, but her students all wrote her letters of support.

Marzewski learned earlier this year that she was one of 25 teachers from around the world to receive the grant. It allowed her to provide 10 weeks of free classes to her senior students.

"I believe in making yoga accessible to every body every shape, size or form," Marzewski said. "Some people can't pay 15 bucks for a yoga class."

Marzewski never charges that amount; most of her classes are by donation, or her students band together to buy her a gift, such as a massage.

Marzewski has been providing in-person classes at the Lund Family Center, but most of her work remains online. The option has led to more students. While she'd sometimes draw just a few people to her Cathedral Square classes, the Zoom ones attract a bigger crowd. And local attendees have started inviting friends from across the country and around the world.

"The more the merrier," Marzewski said. "Yoga creates connection and community."

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The best yoga blocks of 2021 come in a variety of sizes, shapes and weights for every practice.

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I'll admit, when I first started practicing yoga 15 years ago, I thought I only needed a yoga mat to find my flow. And while that's technically true, it wasn't until I started using yoga props, mainly yoga blocks, that my practice really took off.

When I was new to yoga, I opted out of using props because, for one, I was already slightly flexible in some poses and two, I didn't want to look like I actually needed blocks to deepen my practice (hello, ego!).

However, when I desperately wanted to successfully do crow pose, I struggled to maintain my balance. I practiced yoga every day, and while the strength was there, I couldn't stay off the ground. It wasn't until my yoga instructor suggested I place my forehead on the edge of a block that I finally did "fly."

Fast forward to today and I still use blocks in my practice, whether I want to deepen my chest openers, explore pose variations or find stability when practicing inversions. I also (and frequently) recommend them to my fellow yogis.

Here are the best yoga blocks to fit every flow.

As both a student and instructor, I typically prefer Manduka over other brands that I've tried (and I've tried a lot!) mainly because of the high quality and durability of its products.

Made of 50 to 75 percent recycled post-industrial and post-consumer EVA foam, this Manduka yoga block is easily one of my favorite props to use during my sessions. (I've owned a set for seven years and it's still in great shape.)

What I especially like about this one is it's light enough to use in a variety of poses such as a supported bridge pose or pigeon pose, but sturdy enough to practice inversions. It's also comfortable as a seat during meditation.

Buy it: Manduka.com; Price: $18

I've taken many classes at different studios, and at almost every single studio, I've come across this classic block. Why? It's light enough to carry around, yet sturdy enough to provide great support when moving through challenging poses.

Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $9.99

If you're new to yoga, I recommend starting with two blocks and this set of Trideer blocks is perfect to help you throughout your practice.

No matter the pose, these blocks are both supportive and soft, helping you comfortably ease into new movements.

Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $10.99-$12.99

Made of sustainable cork, this product is my favorite for practicing yoga in warm (sweaty) environments. Its heavier weight and easy-to-grip texture makes it slip-resistant and provides more stability than the average block.

Buy it: Manduka.com; Price: $22

The Manduka Welcome Mini is 30 percent smaller than the average-sized block, but is still a great quality yoga accessory. And it's not only suitable for travel, it's ideal for it.

I can't neglect to mention the teal and purple colors are beautiful together.

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Have you ever tried downward dog with each hand on a block? Then you know why it's nice to have two on deck.

I highly recommend using these two Gaiam Essentials blocks. The price point and quality are both great.

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Sure, blocks can get a little pricey, but this one proves that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a quality product.

The Reehut block features durable high-density EVA foam that's both moisture-proof and slip-resistant. It can stand up to even everyday use.

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Just like blocks, straps can help you modify yoga poses to be more accessible to you.

Of course, you can purchase both props separately, but this combo set is the epitome of efficiency. The blocks are also super lightweight!

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Surprise, surprise yet another Manduka block. But this one's shape sets it apart.

Because of its curved structure, it's a great complement to restorative yoga sessions, especially when you use it to support your spine. I've used this one before during fish pose and almost forgot I had a block under my spine. It's that comfortable.

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These cork wedge blocks also serve as another great eco-friendly option, but they stand out for their trapezoid-cut design. This shape offers a variety of benefits, including great inversion support and even weight distribution. Try them out when practicing backbends such as wheel pose. Don't worry each block clocks in at a sturdy 1.17 pounds.

This company also provides a 360-day customer satisfaction policy.

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Square: The most common, this shape is best for bringing the floor closer to your hands and adding stability to a basic Hatha yoga poses.

Curved: Less versatile, but much more comfortable under the back, this design it ideal for supporting your spine during supine poses.

Wedge: This is the least common option, but if you're advanced in your practice and want support during inversion poses like sirsasana, this shape works great.

Foam: Lightweight and with a soft feel, this material is comfortable during yin or restorative yoga classes.

Cork: Because of its durability and easy-to-grip texture, this material is ideal for hot or sweaty practices.

With blocks, small variations in size and weight can mean big differences in your flow. Larger, heavier blocks are ideal for stability. Small, light ones are best for traveling and toting to yoga class.

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