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Why choose a sustainable cork yoga block?

Why choose a sustainable cork yoga block?

When you're looking for a new yoga block, it's important to consider the environmental impact of your purchase and choose an eco friendly option. Some yoga blocks are made from materials that are harmful to the environment, such as foam or plastic. But there is a better option: cork yoga blocks.

Cork is a sustainable material that comes from the bark of cork oak trees. It is biodegradable and recyclable, making it a more environmentally friendly choice than other materials. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using yoga blocks made out of cork and why you should choose one over other options.

What are cork yoga blocks and what are their benefits?

Cork yoga blocks are one of the most popular yoga accessories used in yoga today. They are made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which is native to southern Europe and North Africa. Cork is a sustainable and eco-friendly material that is very light but also extremely strong and durable. These yoga blocks have a number of benefits that make them ideal for use in yoga practice.

First, they provide a stable and supportive surface for the hands and feet in balancing postures, which can help to prevent injury. Second, they can be used to modify poses and make them more accessible for beginners or those with limited mobility. Finally, cork blocks are very efficient at absorbing impact and reducing noise, making them ideal for use in noisy or crowded environments.

How are cork yoga blocks made and what are their environmental benefits?

Cork blocks are made from the bark of cork oak trees. The bark is harvested every nine years, and the process is entirely sustainable. Cork oaks are not harmed during the harvesting process, and they actually benefit from it. The removal of the bark stimulates new growth, and the trees can live for hundreds of years.

As a result, cork blocks are a more environmentally friendly option than other yoga props made from synthetic materials. In addition, cork is naturally antimicrobial and anti-fungal, so it is also a more hygienic choice for yoga teachers and students. When it comes to eco-friendly yoga props, cork blocks are hard to beat.

Why should you choose a sustainable cork yoga block over other options?

We have discussed that cork is both environmentally friendly and sustainable, but there are also other benefits of using this material for your cork block which make it a better choice over other options.

Durable

Cork is extremely durable, making it an ideal material for yoga blocks. It is able to support body weight and won't break down over time like EVA foam yoga blocks or wood yoga blocks, and it won't absorb sweat like PVC or rubber. As a result, your cork yoga block will last you for years to come.

Naturally anti bacterial

Cork is a versatile and sustainable material that has a host of benefits. One of the most unique benefits of cork is its natural anti bacterial properties. This means that cork can help to keep surfaces clean and free of harmful bacteria. The anti bacterial properties of cork are due to a substance called suberin. This substance is found in the cork cells and helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria that can lead to old and mildew. In addition, suberin is also water-resistant, meaning that cork surfaces are less likely to harbour bacteria than other materials. As a result, cork is an ideal material for use in areas where hygiene is important, such as in kitchens and bathrooms and more recently, the yoga studio!

Non slip surface and lightweight

Many of you would have participated in a yoga class, so you know that props can be really helpful in achieving the correct alignment for each pose. Cork blocks are often used to support the hands, feet, or back in order to help lengthen the spine or open up the chest. They come in different sizes and materials, but cork is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits.

Unlike EVA foam yoga blocks and wooden yoga blocks, cork has a natural grip and smooth texture that helps to prevent slipping, even when your hands are sweaty which is prone to happen for example in a hot yoga class. And because they are the lightest blocks, they are easy to carry with you to and from class in a climate where some yoga studios may not be providing blocks.

How to use cork yoga blocks in your practice.

Yoga blocks are a great way to improve your practice, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro. How many yoga blocks you use is a personal preference but I personally prefer always keeping two blocks on hand. Together with my yoga mat, they form part of my essential yoga tool box for my home yoga practice. You can use them in place of a meditation cushion if you find that comfortable.

Yoga blocks can help you with alignment, increase your range of motion, and deepen your stretches. Yoga blocks are frequently used in yin yoga as well as restorative yoga.

Here's how to use cork yoga blocks in your practice:

Warrior II, Half Moon Pose or Triangle Pose

Place the block under your hand during standing poses like Warrior II, Half Moon or Triangle Pose. This will help you maintain proper alignment while increasing the depth of your stretch.


Easy or Thunderbolt Pose

Use the block as a seat during poses like Easy Pose or Thunderbolt Pose. This will help you to sit up tall and maintain proper alignment.


Downward Facing Dog

Placing blocks under your hands during Downward Facing Dog will bring the floor closer to you and take pressure off your wrists.


Camel Pose

In Camel pose, turning blocks so they are are tall with hands resting on top will allow you to obtain more extension in the spine and reduce impingement in the lumbar region. A block can also be placed between thighs so that when you squeeze, you obtain internal rotation and more stability.


Legs Up the Wall Pose

Placing a block under your lower back in Legs Up the Wall pose will give you many of the benefits of Shoulder Stand while still being a safe option. This is a good variation for those of us with weak lower backs or tight hamstrings.


Fish Pose

Positioning a block on it's narrow side between your shoulder blades in Fish Pose will open up your chest and help you to maintain good alignment. It will also provide more support in the pose.


Pigeon Pose

For a deeper stretch in Pigeon Pose, place a block under your hip on the same side as your bent leg. This will help to support your weight and allow you to sink more deeply into the pose.


There are endless ways to use cork yoga blocks in your practice. Play around with them and see what works best for you. Just remember to listen to your body and never force yourself into a pose that feels uncomfortable.

How to care for your yoga blocks

It's important to take care of your yoga blocks so that they will last as long as possible. Here are a few tips on how to care for them:

  • Wipe down your blocks after each use with a damp cloth. It is best to avoid the use of harsh chemicals. Allow them to air dry completely before storing them away.
  • If you live in a humid climate, it's best to store your cork yoga blocks in a dry, well-ventilated area.
  • Be careful not to drop or hit your cork yoga blocks too hard as this can damage the surface.

With proper care, your cork yoga blocks can last for years.

There are many reasons to choose a cork yoga block over other materials. Cork is sustainable, anti bacterial, non slip, and lightweight - making eco friendly yoga blocks the best yoga blocks for your yoga practice. So next time you're in the market for a new yoga block, be sure to consider cork.

You can find our cork yoga blocks here or if you need other yoga equipment as well, you may be interested in our yoga equipment which includes two yoga blocks, a yoga strap and a yoga mat.

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