Many yogis are familiar with cork and foam blocks as a yoga prop, but Barefoot Yoga has come out with blocks made out bamboo. These hollow blocks are each unique since the grain pattern and color varies on every piece of bamboo. I tested the blocks myself, and also asked some of my Level 1 students to try them out during class. They were surprised at how firm the blocks were (comparable to cork), but very lightweight (like foam), making it easy to rearrange on their mats as necessary. The product is more eco-friendly since bamboo trees are easier and quicker to grow than cork trees, and is exceptionally durable so you will not need to replace them as often. The light weight may not seem like a great advantage at first, but if you carry your blocks with you in your bag they certainly make a big impact! Due to the firmness level, they were less useful for support under the shoulders/back in a bridge pose or other chest openers. However, the surface was smooth and had a polished look but wasn’t slippery so it was very useful in twists or if you’re building up a sweat during class. You can purchase bamboo blocks and other yoga accessories from www.barefootyoga.com.
Jessica Rienecker has been practicing yoga since 2009, and teaching since 2013 in Orange County, California. She focuses on intro level classes to help make yoga accessible to all fitness levels and body types. You can follow her on facebook atwww.facebook.com/TallGirlYogi or her blog at www.tallgirlyogi.com. Jessica is Project Manager at Yoga Teacher Magazine.