10 Best Yoga Blocks of 2021 (For Every Style and Budget)

The best yoga blocks are sturdy, stable, and hard-wearing. Cork, foam, wood, or bamboo - we have danced with enough of them to tell the difference. So, we round up our top picks for yoga blocks - instructor approved, customer reviewed, and available at the click of a mouse!

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Yoga asana is the art of using posture to cultivate equilibrium in the mind and body. Whether you are a novice attempting shoulder stands or an advanced yogi pushing the limits with the Extended Side Angle Pose, there is always that breakthrough moment that is just out of reach.

That’s where yoga blocks step in.

A yoga block is not a crutch. It optimizes your practice by deepening stretches, maintaining alignment, reducing strain, and making challenging poses more accessible. That applies to beginners and experienced yogis. Here are some of the ways you can use a yoga block -

  • Add length to your arms and legs to make stretches manageable

  • Prevent strain to joints or muscles and thus reduce the chances of injury

  • Maintain proper alignment and balance in yoga poses

  • Provide support to rest body parts in restorative poses

  • As an aid in advanced yoga poses and tricky variations

After trying yoga blocks in dozens of shapes, sizes, textures, width, and firmness, here is what we learned – if it's affordable, comfortable, and durable then it's money well spent. And, as always, we urge you to opt for a sustainably made product – a good karma investment!

Best Overall: Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block

Gaiam Essentials Foam Yoga Blocks - Gray
  • Material: EVA Foam

  • Dimensions: 9” x 6” x 4”

  • Weight: 2.5 lbs

  • Color(s): 26

Made from supportive high-density foam, these regular-sized yoga props are latex-free with beveled edges and a non-slip surface for easy gripping. Foam blocks are the standard type you find in most homes and studios. If that's the kind you're looking for, these EVA yoga blocks tick all the boxes. Plus, they are travel-friendly and available in 20+ colors with or without prints.

What we think:

In use, the Gaiam Essentials Yoga Blocks do an excellent job at deepening stretches and modifying poses. They are lightweight, supportive, and have enough 'give' to lean against or sit on them. More importantly, they are easy to clean and super-affordable. Now that’s something both novices and advanced yogis will appreciate.

We don't recommend the Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block for hot yoga. It may slip out in a rigorous flow. The Gaiam Cork Yoga Block is a better choice in that regard.

Best Value: Trideer EVA Foam Yoga Block 2-Pack

Trideer 2 Pack Yoga Blocks - Best Value

Product Highlights:

  • Material: EVA Foam

  • Dimensions: 9” x 6” x 4”

  • Weight: 2.5 lbs

  • Colors: 2

Trideer offers a pack of two EVA foam yoga blocks at a throwaway price for yogis who want to explore props in their daily practice. These standard-dimension yoga blocks sport beveled edges, non-slip surfaces, and are resistant to compression.

These Trideer Yoga Blocks work well for restorative poses when placed under the neck, forehead, or back. Additionally, you can use them to elevate your hips in meditative asanas. In yoga asanas, they feel easy to grip with a permissible amount of give.

What we think:

In practice, the yoga blocks are soft to touch but firm enough for support. The edges could have been more rounded, but at the price (under $10) it feels petty to complain about it. They don't claim to be the best yoga blocks out there, but they've got all the bang-for-buck you can ask for!

Best Multi-Use: Bhoga Infinity Yoga Block

Pair of bamboo yoga blocks with arched surface

Product Highlights:

  • Material: Bamboo

  • Dimensions: `0.25” x 5,57” x 3.5”

  • Weight: 2.25 lbs

  • Color: Natural

Bhoga Infinity Wood Yoga Blocks sport an arched surface that supposedly distributes the weight more evenly. Our first thoughts were it's a clever ploy to brand a unique-looking prop as something fantastical. If that were the case, we would not have featured them.

From stability in Bakasana to holding Mayurasana for longer, these eco-friendly wooden blocks are an excellent resource for the versatile and creative yogi! For the most part, your wrist will adore you for investing in the curves. The way they conform to the hands makes inversions drastically easier to hold and execute.

What we think:

Despite the heft (in size and price), these are eye-catching, ergonomic wood yoga blocks - the best you can lay your hands on. With a little creativity, you can use them in ways that no EVA foam blocks would permit. For that reason alone they are worthy of your attention.

Get a set of four (two of each size) and the sky is the limit given what you can do with these yoga blocks. It’s a pricey but worthwhile investment for the postural yoga aficionado.

Best Cork: Manduka Cork Yoga Block

Pair of bamboo yoga blocks with arched surface

Product Highlights:

  • Material: Cork

  • Dimensions: 9” x 6” x 4”

  • Weight: 2.5 lbs

  • Color: Natural

We encountered countless contenders for the best cork yoga blocks. Among them, we proffer the Manduka Cork Yoga Block because of the sustainable material (+ no filler or glue), top-notch QA, and fantastic stability.

Our two-pack, the natural variety, arrived in two separate boxes with a plastic wrapping and cardstock sleeve. The unboxing revealed two 9” x 6” x 4” textured cork yoga blocks with radius edges and easy-to-grip texture. The quality of the product is telling at first glance.

What we think:

In practice, the Manduka Cork Block lives up to all the eulogy we witnessed in the thousands of positive customer reviews. Neither comfort nor traction is of any concern. The texture is grippy but feels nice against the skin as you rest body parts against it. They are made in good conscience, built to last, and our top pick from the cork options available online.

Best Wood: Hugger Mugger Bamboo Yoga Block

Hugger Mugger Bamboo Yoga Block

Product Highlights:

  • Material: Bamboo

  • Dimensions: 9” x 6” x 4”

  • Weight: 2.10 lbs

  • Color: Natural

Our Hugger Mugger Bamboo Yoga Block arrived neatly packaged and raring to go. At first glance, the non-toxic wood staining (finish) appears buttery smooth with an elegant aesthetic appeal. The modestly-sized Hugger Mugger logo is subtly printed on the inside.

The block feels lighter than one would imagine, especially if you are used to wooden blocks. Upon testing it, the sturdy bamboo block displays its true prowess. Typically, a bamboo block can feel uncomfortable because it has no give. It's not something we recommend for beginners.

What we think:

With ample strength to use these with a relaxed grip, handstands, or any other challenging pose for a 180lbs yogi does not "pose" any problems. The rounded edges and smooth surface offer respite in that regard. All in all, these yoga blocks are pricey but you won't need a replacement for decades. If that isn't encouraging enough, these come with a lifetime warranty. Ah-hah!

Wooden-Life Bamboo Yoga Block is another non-toxic option for roll-overs, and Lotus legs!

Best Eco-Friendly: Yoloha Cork Yoga Block

Beautiful printed cork yoga block by Yoloha

Product Highlights:

  • Material: Cork

  • Dimensions: 9” x 5.5” x 3.5”

  • Weight: 1.13 lbs

  • Color: Natural/Printed

Yoloha has etched a name for itself with its elegant designs and eco-friendly ethos. These purveyors of high-quality products display the same brilliance in their cork yoga block. These antimicrobial blocks are made from sustainable and easy-to-clean cork – the highest grade of it.

As always, the product ships in top-notch packaging with a personalized seed paper note. From easy gripping to comfortable support, the rounded edges make the yoga blocks a pleasure to use on the mat. The texture has traction but feels great against the skin. They ensure that your practice remains stable even after sweat enters the equation.

What we think:

Yoloha Cork Blocks are a better alternative if you have small stature. Opt for the Manduka product if you are taller than six feet. Price-wise, the plain block is very affordable. The designs contribute to a significant uptick in price. That said, they are a great way to add color and style to your space, so that might be worth coughing up the extra dough.

Best Curved: Manduka UnBlok Recycled EVA Foam Yoga Block

Curved foam yoga block by Manduka

Product Highlights:

  • Material: EVA Foam

  • Dimensions: 9” x 6” x 4”

  • Weight: 0.8 lbs

  • Color: Black

Our curved yoga blocks arrived in the standard Manduka packaging in a peculiar shade of eggplant purple. Each yoga block is made from industry-recycled foam and embossed with unBLOK on the underside. They appear to be durable, dense, and game for some Iyengar Yoga madness. On the mat, the block pull its weight.

As a pair, the yoga blocks are dense, stable, and the non-slip grip is almost on par with cork blocks (though not quite). Sweat doesn’t detract from the performance either. Plus, the radius edges offer extra relief in many use cases. We recommend curved yoga blocks as a ‘secondary set’ for additional variety rather than your primary pair of EVA foam yoga blocks.

What we think:

The contoured design of the yoga block results in additional comfort, less strain on the wrists, and good support for poses such as Ardha Chandrasana or Matseyasana. In a nutshell, the yoga blocks vindicate their price tag by proving to be a great aid in multiple use-cases.

Best for Asana: HalfMoon Chip Recycled Foam Yoga Block

woman doing shoulder stand on Halfmoon chip foam yoga block

Product Highlights:

  • Material: Foam chips

  • Dimensions: 12” x 8” x 2”

  • Weight: 1.3 lbs

  • Color: 2

Halfmoon’s Chip Foam Blocks are a horse of a different color. Made from foam offcuts, these wide plank-like yoga blocks work best in pairs. The 2-inch height makes them a more versatile prop for asana than their 4 or 5” brick-like counterparts.

It's may look unintuitive at first but you can line up two yoga blocks and use them as a bolster or cushion. Moreover, stacking two of these chip yoga blocks results in 4-inches of height, which is close to that of a standard yoga block. Sit on them to elevate the hips during meditation and pranayama or use them for cushioning and support in inverted poses.

What we think:

All in all, we found the HalfMoon Chip Foam Yoga Block to be the best versatile block for the asana enthusiast. It works well in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, pre-natal yoga poses, and even challenging yoga poses such as Eka Rajakapotasana and Sarvangasana. Plus, you can get a black cover as an add-on for easy maintenance.

Best Wedge: HarderWill 3 in 1 Yoga Foam Wedge Block

Yoga block set with wedges, strap, and carry bag

For those of us who lack a yoga buddy, a dense foam wedge and strap is the next best thing. To that end, the HarderWill Foam Wedge Set is an excellent aid in the performance of a variety of postures. From wrist support to knee padding or calf raises, this set is versatile and reasonably priced.

It’s comfy, stable, and reduces the pressure in difficult stretches. Tuck it under the heels while squatting or beneath the hips during seated forward bends. It's a must-have for the inflexible and those recovering from wrist injuries. You can adjust the height by combining it with a yoga towel or blanket when the occasion calls for it. Overall, it's a value pick among the many wedges out there with some additional props to sweeten the deal.

Want a single wedge? Try the extra-light and eco-friendly Hugger Mugger 20-inch Cork Wedge to support your knees.

Best Set: Sivan 6-piece Yoga Block Set

6-piece yoga set for beginners

There are just a handful of yoga kits available online. Some are cost-effective but lacking quality and others are seemingly overpriced. Among the given choices, the Sivan's 6-piece yoga set offers a good balance of quality and value. Unboxing it feels like Christmas, especially when the packaging is this nice and tidy. It includes a rubber mat, two foam blocks, two fluffy towels, and a 6.5 feet strap – all color-matched and in a shade of deep gray.

The mat is made from memory foam with a half-inch thickness and non-slip surface. The gray blocks look simple but have great texture and can handle 150 to 180 lbs of weight. The strap is thick, sturdy, and easy to clean. In a nutshell, we find everything in the kit to be of reasonable quality for the price. It's all there, it matches, and it offers enough value to get started.

Final Verdict:

We recommend the Manduka Cork Yoga Block or Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block (EVA Foam) for your go-to assist prop. For advanced yogis, the jury is divided between Hugger Mugger Bamboo Yoga Blocks and the artful Bhoga Infinity Yoga Blocks. We defer the judgment to you, either of them is a worthwhile investment if you are committed to constantly challenging yourself.

Buying Guide: Why invest in high-quality yoga blocks?

A poorly made yoga block is unsteady. It's difficult to feel relaxed if you can't trust the block you are leaning on. Plus, the material discolors or chips over time, make it unappealing and less reliable. Quality-made blocks will stay the course. It's not just about facilitating out-of-reach stretches, it is also about optimizing your flow.

We tested a few that were far too flimsy during challenging poses. They feel rickety in splits, handstands, and other extensions. We also attribute some of it to the quality and the rest of it to the wrong width and weight.

As with all yoga props, what type of block you need depends on your stature/size and style of yoga. Doing restorative poses with wood blocks is as disastrous as trying advanced vinyasa flows with foam blocks that squelch easily. Here are some ways to use a yoga block:

  • Add length to your arms and legs to make stretches manageable

  • Prevent strain to joints or muscles and thus reduce the chances of injury

  • Maintain proper alignment and balance in yoga poses

  • Provide support to rest body parts in restorative poses

  • AS an assist you in advanced yoga poses and tricky variations

As a thumb rule, those with shorter stature should pick regular-sized yoga blocks and tall people (with a 4-inch+ palm) should pick taller and wider blocks. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out this video that demonstrates thirty ways to use a yoga block.

Material: Should you buy Cork, Foam, or Wood Yoga Blocks?

Foam Yoga blocks: Foam blocks are typically made from EVA foam. They are cheap, lightweight, and available in dozens of colors. That said, foam blocks, especially the cheaply-made variety, can be too squishy. We recommend high-quality recycled foam to ensure your money's worth.

You can use them to cushion the knees or rest the head. However, they are not firm enough to trust for tricky poses such as Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana or Utthita Parsvakonasana. The other downside is that foam is not eco-friendly or sustainable.

Wood Yoga Blocks: Wood includes bamboo, and they both are in tune with the environment. They are weighted. That means they can support you in the trickiest of inversions, bends, and twists. But they are only available in natural finish, usually with non-toxic staining.

Wood yoga blocks are more expensive but highly sustainable. They last forever and look gorgeous. Among the two types, bamboo is more eco-friendly than wood. The downside is you need to care for them and they are not as comfy as foam if you rest against them.

Cork Yoga Blocks: Cork blocks sit in the middle of foam and wood in every sense. They are not as dense as wood but more stable than foam. They offer a gleeful compromise with a textured grip, moisture-wicking characteristics, and sustainable material.

Think of them as a middle ground between the other two in terms of weight, comfort, and stability. Again, cork yoga blocks need a little more care and are only available in their natural avatar. However, you can find printed yoga blocks that are as beautiful as they are functional.

Also see: Cork, Wood, and Foam: How to Clean Yoga Blocks?

Yoga Blocks FAQ: Related Questions

Are yoga blocks essential for beginners?

It’s a common misconception that yoga blocks are for novices or the inflexible. They are an excellent aid in all styles regardless of your skill level. Beginners use them to improve flexibility but advanced yogis can use them to deepen their stretches and challenge themselves with tricky variations of familiar poses.

Do you need one or two yoga blocks?

One yoga block is sufficient to get started. However, we recommend buying a pair as it can be used in more ways. Additionally, you can experiment with a recycled foam yoga block and cork yoga block to see what works. In the end, it boils down to how you plan to use it. We only recommend bamboo and wood blocks for advanced yogis.

How do you use yoga blocks?

A yoga block is used to lift up the floor in challenging poses to shorten the distance of stretches and for added support in lifts, bends, and inversions. They can be used in a variety of ways in your practice to reduce strain and elevate the hips. You can work on your flexibility by leaning on them while maintaining proper alignment, which would not be possible using the natural length of the body.

Are cork yoga blocks better than foam yoga blocks?

Cork blocks are better for people who want firm blocks with little-to-no give. They are highly stable, easy to grip and provide better support and balance. If you want firmness but don't like the surface feel of cork, try a bamboo yoga block instead. EVA foam yoga blocks, on the other hand, are softer to touch and relatively squishy. They are better for restorative poses and feel better against the skin.

Parting Thoughts

Most poses necessitate more than one yoga block. You might be better off with a pair. Why not use this opportunity to experiment and stick with what works for you? That’s why we included wood blocks to give you a well-rounded list.

Nevertheless, even the best yoga blocks won't transform your practice overnight. You still need the same drive and discipline and don't let the wise men from Team Marketing tell you otherwise. But will they make the journey more safe and restful? Yes, a resounding Y.E.S.

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