In class I noticed a fellow student’s personal set of yoga blocks. Even from afar, I could tell they were solid wood. Handsome and old school, such blocks on my wish list, so I asked her where she got them. “They were a gift,” she said, apologetically. Then she couldn’t resist adding, “I’m really attached to them!”
Solid wood blocks are a rarity, it seems. I first encountered them at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, California. But I soon realized that most studios buy foam blocks. They cheaper, for one thing. They’re also lighter and can’t crush a foot when dropped. But only solid wood has that satisfyingly solid heft.
Currently I use foam blocks from Yoga Props in San Francisco (great indie retailer; terrible web design). They’re larger and sturdier than the typical foam block, which are flimsy, easily dented, and liable to topple. They’re over a decade old and still in fine condition (ignore the faint bite mark from my late kitty Gingy, plus the strange glossy spot from a close encounter with an infrared heater). When placed side by side, they’re now a miscellaneous prop for the newest household member, Sylvester (“Sly”).
Mass-produced wood blocks are typically hollow, such as Vancouver yoga retailer Half Moon’s cedar blocks, made in British Columbia. Sure, they’re lightweight, fragrant, and probably well-made. But I’m holding out for the real thing.
Do you know a woodworker who can make such blocks?