How Block Therapy Can Help Your Yoga Practice

Iyengar yoga

What I discovered in Yoga class

Years ago, I was taking Iyengar yoga. For a while, I was even in the teacher-training program. I was always intrigued when observing the people in the class. I had only been practicing Fluid Isometrics on myself at that time for a couple of years. I hadn’t even identified a name for it yet.

When I would go to yoga class, I would feel the areas in my body that were restricting me from moving more deeply into a posture. Then I would go home and practice my body work on those areas. At the next class I would find I was able to go much deeper into the posture. At the time, I found it curious that most other people hardly ever changed in their postures. The restrictions holding them back seemed to still exist months, and even years later, and the depth of their postures remained the same.

I improved my flexibility and range of motion
with my yoga practice

I started to realize that I had found something unique. For example, I would go into a forward bend, and locate in my body what was limiting me from extending further forward. Wherever I felt pain, I would spend some time deeply working in the tissue, maybe for 5 minutes. Then, I would move back into the forward bend, always moving deeper, until the next restriction/pain surfaced. I would work on that for 5 minutes, and move beyond that restriction. Very quickly I was able to change my flexibility and range of motion. This is how it became possible for me to do the side splits.

This all happened before I started developing Block Therapy. I had tried to teach people how to use their hands in their own tissue, but that proved to be very challenging.

The Block Buddy developed from a desire to teach people what I was doing so they too could access their deeper ranges of motion and flexibility.

It can be very frustrating for people to stretch the body because it can be so painful and tight. Block Therapy however, moves us past our limitations and teaches us how to melt restrictions, increase blood and oxygen flow, as well as improve our range of motion and flexibility. For yogis, this is a wonderful complement to our practice.

Not only does Block Therapy improve function, but it also improves the appearance of tissue. Tissue that is optimally fed and clean looks symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing compared to tissue that is blocked from energy.

I do yoga regularly, but without the Block Buddy my flexibility would be limited. This is different than any other practice out there, and different from other fascial techniques that use rollers. To melt to the bony surface, we need to use a medium with a similar density to bone, hence the wood. We also need patience and guidance to release the 2000 lb/square inch grip fascia has on our bones.

I guarantee if you are a yogi, and you regularly integrate Block Therapy into your life, you will be blown away by the results. 

For more information read: The Difference Between Block Therapy & Yoga. 

Learn about Block Therapy Teacher training

Hear what Yoga Practitioner – Doug has to say
about his experience with Block Therapy

“It’s amazing. It gives you tons of openness and I think breathing into the block
then breathing out really enables you to gain space and get rid of a lot of pain.”


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