If you’re a beginner and you attend the first yoga class, it might be surprising to see practitioners using bricks as a prop in the class. You might even wonder how can a brick be helpful in yoga! Well, this might be the right time to understand why yogis use brick for their practice. You will also understand how Malika Arora stays fit as she has been posting images and videos of herself practicing Brick Yoga as well. She practices the art of fitness at Sarva Yoga Studios (Yoga, Mindfulness and Beyond), whose Founder & CEO, Sarvesh Shashi, told HerZindagi, what Brick Yoga is all about and how can it be beneficial for us.
Props aren’t only for beginners, but it enables a practitioner to deepen their postures to various dimensions which brings stability. Usually, yoga props like brick will help you to tackle complicated poses with ease and satisfaction. They are remarkably helpful for correctly understanding body alignment, muscle engagement, increasing stamina, strength, balance, and flexibility. Even advanced practitione’s find blocks essential to explore the asana’s alignment and for intense relaxation.
The simplicity of brick will aid practitioners to develop an insight into the infinite ways of using them for expressing the yoga poses. Yoga bricks can be surprisingly challenging for your practice and it will eventually help you find steadiness in some tricky postures.
If you have been struggling in class while sitting on the floor for too long, not being able to balance your body with your arm strength, straining your head on the forward bend, etc., then it’s time for brick yoga. So here are some of our favorite postures to improve the practice with brick:
Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward Facing Dog provides a rejuvenating stretch, which targets your upper and lower body at the same time. This asana will prepare you for all the inversions, backbends and forward bends. To perform this posture, firmly connect with the floor by placing your hand and stretching to the maximum possible to help you elongate your spine. If you can add a brick underneath your hands, it will restrict you from slipping forward. Try to lift your forearms away from the ground to stabilize your shoulders once you move into the full pose.
Extended Triangle Pose/Utthita Trikonasana
This pose works perfectly for your hamstrings, thighs, calves, chest, shoulders, and spine. For beginners, it can be a little difficult to lengthen the lower hand all the way to the floor. Here, a brick can be placed under the lower hand for stability.
Sitting Forward Bend/Paschimottanasana
Sitting Forward bend benefits in lengthening the spine and also stretches shoulders and hamstrings. Due to continuous sitting, the hip flexors become firm thus limiting you from reaching to your toes. Try placing a brick between your legs for additional support. This will allow you to stretch your spine with comfort.
A yoga brick makes a perfect pillow for a peaceful rest in Child’s pose. Come to a neutral position, grab the block and place it at the center of the mat. Now touch your big toes together, sit on your heels and place your head on the block. This asana will help take the strain off your shoulders and spine.