With this blog, you can familiarize yourself with the advantages of cork yoga blocks over foam blocks for an improved yoga practice.
An essential yoga accessory agreed by most yogis is a yoga block. It supports you and helps you advance in your practice when used right. Beginners can especially make use of yoga blocks to stretch with the correct alignment to avoid injury. They also aid with gradually training your body to learn challenging poses. Therefore, choosing a good yoga block is an important decision. Cork and foam are commonly used materials for yoga blocks: some people use only one type, while others use both types for different purposes. Read ahead to learn about the individual features of each kind and why cork yoga blocks are the better investment over foam blocks when opting for one type of yoga block.
Why use cork yoga blocks over foam blocks?
A good yoga block can be a great friend to you during yoga class. Some things you may look for in a good block at first glance are whether you can firmly hold onto the block even with sweaty palms, and that it lasts for a long time (you wouldn’t want to keep replacing your block every month, would you?). Cork yoga blocks tick both those boxes and provide additional benefits to supplement your yoga journey.
Cork yoga blocks have several benefits over foam yoga blocks:
- Durability: Cork yoga blocks are longer lasting than foam yoga blocks because they are made from a sturdier material. This means you can use your cork yoga block for a very long time, making it a worthwhile investment. Foam is more likely to encounter wear and tear, greatly limiting its durability.
- Stability and support: Cork yoga blocks such as the ALAMATA Moon Blocks have a non-slip grip, acting as a stable support for your body. In contrast, foam yoga blocks are softer and probably not ideal to hold your bodyweight sometimes, for instance with more advanced poses.
- Eco-friendly: Cork yoga blocks are both supportive AND environmentally friendly. Cork is a renewable, plastic-free and biodegradable material, unlike foam. ALAMATA Moon Blocks are made of Portugal cork and can be recyclable, making them a sustainable option.
- Weight: Foam yoga blocks are relatively lighter compared to cork blocks, making them convenient to handle. However, the added weight with cork yoga blocks is a great way to add resistance to yoga poses. For example, by acting as a weight to intensity poses for strength building, such as with the boat pose.
Overall, if your budget allows you to purchase only one type of yoga block, then the cork yoga block is a better investment than foam yoga blocks. The half-round cork block set from ALAMATA is perfect to supplement your yoga practice, being non-slip, stable and eco-friendly too!