Yoga blocks

How to Use (and Love) Yoga Blocks for Wrist Issues, Leg Strengthening, and Hip Opening

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blocks how I love thee hey I’m Katie and

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today I’m going to show you why I love

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blocks so much and also how you can use

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them in your everyday yoga practice to

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make it even more interesting and more

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enjoyable

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okay so first I’m going to start on

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hands and knees using the blocks when

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you use the blocks underneath your hands

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it actually reduces the pressure on your

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wrists so if your hands on the blocks

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will start to take a tank ow inhale with

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chest exhale press down and round it a

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nice stretch in your back

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after a few rounds of cat-cow you can

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open up the knees keep your hands on the

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blocks sit back into a child’s pose your

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hands on the blocks you get a little

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more stretch into the shoulders all

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right coming back up to hands and knees

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keep the blocks underneath your hands

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I’m going to actually lift them onto the

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medium height so still we’re shifting

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the weight instead of all the way to the

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hands for shifting it back towards the

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knees in it so we can come into a

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modified plank pose with less pressure

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on the wrists

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so from modified plank hug the belly and

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roll the shoulders back take a deep

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breath in as you exhale just bend the

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elbows a little bit chaturanga push-ups

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inhale

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if you want to make a little more

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interesting down one step then inhale

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lift up exhale sit back Child’s Pose

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again all right come back to hands and

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knees step your foot forward in between

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your hands you’ll take one block on the

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low height and place it right underneath

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your back thigh so it acts like a little

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kind of pedestal for your thigh is going

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to both keep your thigh in place and

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also give you support as you start to

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lift up and stretch seated lunge right

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so you have support underneath up five

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which helps you lift up even more

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stretch up through the fingertips relax

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the shoulders fold take a big breath in

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bring the hands to prayer start to twist

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to your right side that block is going

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to help to ground you through the back

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thigh razor doesn’t wiggle out of place

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you keep stretching the spine out from

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the hip deep breath and then take the

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hands down to the floor bring the block

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back underneath your hands and then

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we’ll take a runner’s stretch so hands

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stay on the blocks start to straighten

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the front leg I like to come up really

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high for this stretch walks right

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underneath the shoulders with the blocks

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here you have a little bit more space to

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lengthen the spine and find the hinge or

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the fold coming from your hips rather

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than from your low back so use the

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blocks to lift the shots and send

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yourself back all right coming back down

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to lunge to the other side

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one thing to remember is that even

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though you’re using they have blocks

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underneath your hands there’s not a ton

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of weight so you’re staying really light

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in the palms light in the wrist they’re

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literally they’re just for support right

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just to give you balance and to help you

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stay lifted through the rest of your

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body if you start to bring too much

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weight into them you’re going to crush

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into the rest and join some one more

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deep right you cut none from here I’m

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going to come into the lunge walk the

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blocks forward lift the back knee it’s

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like the left hand with the block even

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more forwards down the highest height

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then start to shift the weight into my

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left butt lift the right leg up stack

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the hips Halfmoon pose or ardha

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chandrasana staying on the highest level

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of the block is actually really

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challenging even if you have a more

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advanced madness it forces you to use

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the legs and the hips spin the chest

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opens spread the arms wide deep breaths

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and then slowly lower down come back

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fold over you can use the blocks to

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support your hands and another side come

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back to the fold use the blocks

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underneath your hands you can also use a

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block or two underneath your hand here

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nice

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and then take one lock open the legs a

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little bit wider place that block

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between your upper inner thighs but you

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can hug your inner thighs together feel

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the hips lift up and you fool lower and

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hug the block together as you inhale

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reach the spine long come all the way up

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to stand

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okay from here keep the block between

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your thighs reach the arms forward

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shoulder height as you exhale sit your

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hips back to chair pose

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so that block is going to give you

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something to squeeze against to get you

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nice and strong and stable keep hugging

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the block keep reaching the hips back or

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reach the arms forward ace deep breaths

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as you exhale fold over the legs hug the

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block as you straighten the leg let the

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head go all right bend the knees take

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the block out and come on down to sit so

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two options here for a hip opener using

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the blocks if you are a little bit

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tighter in the hips you’ll take one

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block underneath each knee bring the

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soles of the feet together hug those

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heels in lift the spine tall and start

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to fold baddha konasana if you’re fairly

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open in the hip search this doesn’t feel

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like a deep enough stretch take the two

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blocks out bring one block on its fist

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level point in between your feet right

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hug the feet together you’ll feel a

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really noticeable opening in the hand

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sit tall and fold from there either

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version is great choose the one that

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feels best and most appropriate for your

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hips if you have the block between your

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feet really actively squeeze the feet

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into the block feel the knees reaching

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out to the side hold for about five

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breaths

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slowly come up take the blocks now and

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we’re going to come on to our back for

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what is very likely one of my all-time

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favorite poses for storage so take a

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block with you as you come down bend

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your knees place your feet flat into the

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floor take the block on its lowest

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height slide it underneath your sacrum

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your sacrum is that flat triangular bone

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right at the base of your spine so when

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you lower the hips you should feel the

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sacrum just settling down onto the block

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should feel really good if it doesn’t

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play with the movement on the block

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until you find the right spot right feet

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stay flat on the floor arms can relax

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this just really helps to reset the low

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back the sacrum of the pelvis feels

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really good we’ll hold here about 10

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breaths nice slow deep breaths

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while you have your hips here on the

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block you can start to lift the legs up

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take a little bit of an inversion find a

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place where your legs just kind of hover

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in space this will bring a little bit

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more weight into the pelvis which for

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some people feels really nice if it

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doesn’t feel good

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skip it keep your feet on the floor you

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can just hang here this was really fun

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you can like wiggle the feet or if you

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want you can do a little bit of core

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work reach one leg up towards the

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ceiling and let the other leg start to

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come parallel to your hip and then bring

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that back up and switch

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you can also keep both legs straight up

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and then start to open them out to

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v-shape find a little inner thigh

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stretch and hug the inner thighs back

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together really good work for the inner

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hips and then bring both legs back up

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bend the knees of the feet come back to

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the floor lift your hips slide the block

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out slowly lower the hips down good then

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from here take your block behind you use

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one hand to very delicately lift your

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head slide the block underneath your

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skull so that the edge of the block

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block touches down right where your

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hairline meets the top of your neck then

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stretch the legs out try to really relax

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your spine and your head here we’re

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going to stay here for no longer than

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one minute this is a very short hole

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just to let the shoulders relax let the

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muscles in the back of the neck lengthen

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and to release the space between the

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skull and the top of the neck alright

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take your hand back behind your head

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gently lift up remove the block put it

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to the side take a one to two minute

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shavasana or just deep breaths to let

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all of that integrate into your body

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take a deep breath in as you exhale bend

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your knees walk your feet in roll to

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your side

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press yourself up you can also use your

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blocks anytime you come to a seated pose

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you have tight hips and you find your

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knees are kind of lifting up off the

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ground let’s place a block underneath

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them it’ll feel so much better in your

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hips you can also take one block and sit

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on it to give URI ups a little lift

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which will also be more comfortable tell

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me why do you love using blocks butts

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your favorite poles what’s your favorite

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stretch how do you like

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to use them leave me a comment below and

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share if you know someone else who could

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use some long love alright thanks for

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watching Elmas day

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