Best yoga blocks 2023: useful props to take your yoga practice further

Invest in the best yoga blocks & take your poses that vital bit further, whatever your experience level

best yoga block: Woman using yoga block as a prop
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If you're in search of the best yoga blocks of 2023 to take your practice further, we're here to help. A yoga block is a simple but effective tool that you can use in a number of ways to take your practice to another level; it can be your best yoga buddy when you're having trouble nailing a pose, trying to push your stretches a little deeper, or when you just need a bit of support while you get into position.

Admittedly, the only thing you absolutely need to get started with yoga is one of the best yoga mats, although you'll find that a pair of the best yoga pants can help with those difficult stretches. But investing in a yoga block or strap is a good way to progress faster, and it needn't cost you very much.

We can't claim that a yoga block or brick has any special qualities; it's essentially a lightweight cuboid that you can use for a bit of balance, or as a guide when you're trying to align  your body properly, or to help you deepen a stretch. So for example, when you're in a balance pose where your hands should be on the floor, but you find you can't quite reach, you can rest your hands on your yoga block instead (and rotate it to get the the surface height you need). That way you're focused on your posture rather than on not falling over.

You could also prop one foot on a yoga block to deepen a split, or place one beneath your sit bones to elevate yourself in a seated position, and if you're trying to improve your flexibility you can put a yoga bock flat against your feet for further reach in a seated forward bend.

Read on to learn more about yoga blocks and to find the best yoga blocks available now. Your yoga teacher can also advise you on when and how to use them as part of your practice; they may look a bit basic, but they're much more useful than you might think.

What is the difference between a yoga block and a yoga brick?

A yoga brick is shaped roughly like a house brick, while a yoga block is wider and flatter. However, you'll often find the term 'yoga block' as an umbrella term, referring to any support of this kind. Flatter blocks are typically used to sit on, for extra height or to provide stability in seated poses, while deeper bricks have a wider variety of uses. All yoga bricks are roughly the same size – the rectangular cuboid shape means you can flip your block onto different sides for different heights of support.

What type of yoga block is best?

Yoga blocks come in a range of different colours and materials. Cork yoga blocks are usually the most expensive, and offer durability, stability, and a high level of traction. EVA foam is very lightweight and usually cheaper than cork. It's easier to tote to and from your yoga class but it's not as durable or stable. It's also handy to know that both EVA foam and cork are environmentally friendly, so you can practice guilt-free. 

Best yoga block ranking 2023

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Alo Uplifting yoga block

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1. Alo Uplifting Yoga Block

The best yoga block overall

Specifications

Material: EVA
Size: 4" x 6" x 9"

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Stylish design
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Range of colour options

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly pricey

Our top pick for best yoga block now is the Uplifting block from Alo, made with 100% EVA, with bevelled edges. They're sturdy, lightweight and durable. The surface is nice to touch and grippy. It's not the most important thing, but the design is also pretty cool, and they come in a wide range of colours, so you can match them to the rest of your yoga gear.

Mirafit Set of 2 Natural Cork Yoga Blocks

2. Mirafit Set of 2 Natural Cork Yoga Blocks

The best budget yoga blocks

Specifications

Material: cork
Size: 22 x 14.5 x 7cm

Reasons to buy

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100% natural cork wood
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Gently rounded corners for comfort

With their smooth, non slip surface, these yoga blocks are suitable for a wide range of floors; whether that’s the lino of the local gym or your lounge carpet. They’re lightweight, so taking them to class shouldn’t be a problem, and they’re made from 100% natural cork wood, so they’re environmentally friendly, too.  

H&S EVA Foam Yoga Bricks

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3. H&S EVA Foam Yoga Bricks

Deepen and elongate your stretches with these EVA yoga blocks

Specifications

Material: EVA foam
Size: 23 x 15 x 8cm

Reasons to buy

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2 bright colours available 
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Eco-friendly foam

These blocks are cheap and still eco-friendly, solid and versatile to use. They’re made from EVA foam rather than cork, so they won't deliver on the traction, but the soft surface is comfortable enough to rest hands, feet and even your forehead. There are two bright, bold colours to choose from.

Lululemon Flow Yoga Block

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4. Lululemon Flow Yoga Block

The best curved yoga block

Specifications

Material: ethylene vinyl acetate
Size: 25 x 15 x 9cm (9.8 x 5.9 x 3.5")

Reasons to buy

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Curved edges for extra comfort
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Cool marble design

Reasons to avoid

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Design limits versatility 

Most yoga bricks are much of a muchness, but Lululemon has gone out on a limb and opted for a completely different shape with its Flow block. A completely horizontal surface can be taxing on your wrists in some poses – this block features curved sides that are designed to counter that. The unusual shape limits the versatility of this block very slightly (if you want a flat surface , you'll only be able to use the brick on its lowest height, for example), but it's an interesting innovation that could be exactly what some yogis have been looking for. It's made from dense foam in a snazzy marbled pattern, and can be wiped down to clean.

Manduka Cork Yoga Block

5. Manduka Cork Yoga Block

If quality is your priority, look no further

Specifications

Material: cork
Size: 23 x 15 x 7cm

Reasons to buy

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100% cork
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Produced without toxic chemicals

With an Easy-go-grip surface and contoured edges, this yoga block has been designed to help yogis improve their strength and balance. Thanks to its cork construction, it’s suitable to use on a range of floor types, while offering users firmer feel than foam blocks. If you’re looking for a block with more weight, this one is just the ticket, but avoid if you’re looking for a lightweight one to take to class.  

Yogibare Yoga Block

6. Yogibare Yoga Block

Cheap and cheerful, this is a great one for beginners

Specifications

Material: EVA foam
Size: 22 x 15 x 7cm

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight yet sturdy
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Ease you into more difficult postures

If you’re just starting out, you may not want to spend too much on a yoga block. To help you advance through the poses, this block from Yogibare will ensure your body gradually stretches into the moves to avoid any damage. The brand say the blocks are sturdy enough to hold your body weight and help you to align yourself so you’re doing the poses correctly from the offset. 

Lotuscrafts Cork Yoga Block

7. Lotuscrafts Cork Yoga Block

With heaps of five star reviews, this yoga block is certainly worth looking out for

Specifications

Material: cork
Size: 23 x 14 x 9cm

Reasons to buy

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Very sturdy 
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Non-slip surface

If you’re looking for a quality mid-range cork yoga block, this one from Lotuscrafts is just the ticket. Customers say is doesn’t give like foam blocks, so it should provide plenty of support as you master the moves. The surface is soft to the touch but it offers plenty of traction so you’re not in any danger of it slipping while in use.  

Alo Uplifting yoga block

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth is currently on secondment as Sleep Editor for Tom's Guide and TechRadar. The role is an extension of her work on T3, where she ran the site's Wellness channel, which includes sleep, relaxation, yoga and general wellbeing. She was also Outdoors editor, reviewing and writing about everything from camping gear and hiking boots to mountain bikes, drones and paddle boards. She has tested more mattresses than her small flat can handle, and has had to implement a one-in-one-out pillow policy, for fear of getting smothered in the night.