Get a Solid Grasp of Your Hand-Balancing Practice and Handstand
with Bamboo Handstand Blocks by YOGABODY®
WHY BLOCKS? Block training leads to straighter, stronger handstands. When you grip the blocks, it trains your hands, forearms, and shoulders to dynamically lift and balance your body during inversions.
Most people think that Handstand involves putting your hands flat on the floor and simply pushing down—but they’re wrong. If you look at photos of people doing handstands, you’ll see that the more advanced students “grip” the floor using their hands like claws. Your fingers should form arches and your palms domes, creating a dynamic muscle and bone support structure for your entire body to balance on.
NO. This hand position can work, but it’s not ideal and doesn’t make for a strong foundation for balance corrections or pose variations.
YES! “Arches and domes” create the architecture to support the dynamic weight of your body while inverted.
BETTER HANDSTANDS – The reason most people struggle to learn Handstand is that their only practice technique is to jump up against the wall again and again. Jumping alone is good training, but it’s just one part of a complete routine. The YOGABODY Bamboo Handstand Blocks allow you to develop stronger fingers, wrists, forearms, and shoulders to dynamically balance like a pro.
REDUCE WRIST PAIN – The leading cause of wrist pain in Handstand, and yoga in general, is weak, underdeveloped hand and forearm muscles. Stronger muscles support your joints and keep them from jamming and hurting. The Handstand Blocks can be used in mat-based classes during Downward-Facing Dog, Chaturanga, and Upward-Facing Dog, among other poses, for students who are prone to wrist pain. The blocks immediately work to reduce the ache, improve long-term joint health, and prevent future injuries.
HOP UP / PRESS UP BOOSTER – Hopping up into Handstand is more difficult than balancing. In other words, getting in is much harder than staying in. If you’re learning Handstand right now, you’ve no doubt experienced this.
You hop, then fall. Hop, then fall. And hop again. The Handstand Blocks force you to jump more than is required which gives you a bigger range of motion for building strength. You still need to practice—hop and fall—but this exaggerated hopping will build enough strength and muscle memory to make your non-block handstands easier.
IT’S GOOD FUN – One of the best things about handstands is that there are infinite variations. You can do classic Handstand, Lotus Legs, Handstand Splits, Handstand rollovers and so on. Incredibly, when you add Handstand Blocks to the mix, your pose potential doubles. So aside from all the practical benefits, they’re also great fun.
FULL CLASS PRACTICE – Many of our students use the Bamboo Handstand Blocks for full class practices that include strength, balance, and flexibility. The blocks can easily be integrated into Sun Salutes, Upward-Facing Dog, Downward-Facing Dog, standing poses, arm balances, grip strengthening, and more.
SUPPLEMENT YOUR CURRENT PRACTICE – Most students use the Bamboo Handstand Blocks in conjunction with regular yoga practice, a CrossFit program, or other fitness regimen. A typical routine is to do 10 sets of wall handstands for press practice, long-hold practices at the wall, and middle-of-the-room practices, based on your ability.
Common daily practice routine:
- Wall kick-ups x10
- Wall holds, aiming for 1+ minute (use a timer!)
- Free Handstand practice (when you feel ready)
WRIST STABILIZING PRACTICES – Weak hands and forearms are the most common cause of wrist pain in yoga, and many students use the Bamboo Handstand Blocks to heal, strengthen, and balance their wrists. Incorporating the blocks into poses such as Sun Salutes, Upward-Facing Dog, Downward-Facing Dog, and Plank poses can be a game changer.
The Bamboo Handstand Blocks by YOGABODY were designed for our professional yoga studios in Barcelona, so they are beautiful, durable, easy to clean, safe, and natural. Yoga students have used standard yoga blocks for years, but these blocks are completely different: they are smaller, stronger, non-slip, and designed specifically to build grip strength for inversions.
BAMBOO HANDSTAND BLOCKS
TECHNICAL SPECS: Smooth finish bamboo (easy to clean, non-scuff). Industrial strength for home and studio use.
3 mm non-slip rubber bottom. 5.12 in / 13 cm (long) x 3.5 in / 8.8 cm (wide) x 3.5 in / 8.8 cm (tall).
Weight: 1.8 lbs per block (3.6 lbs total) / 800 grams per block (1.6 kg total).
QUALITY GUARANTEE: Since 2007, YOGABODY has been a leader in at-home practice tools, yoga props, education, and nutrition. We make amazing products and stand behind our brand with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee (one year). If for any reason, or no reason at all, you’re unhappy with your purchase, simply send it back for a full refund.
Yoga teachers are notoriously bad Handstand teachers. They are great at demonstrating Handstand (especially on social media), but the actual “how to” often leaves something to be desired. This can be extremely frustrating for students. Whether you’re brand new to Handstand or you are an intermediate to advanced student, blocks are a powerful tool to help you learn, develop, and grow. A real training tool—not just something to help yogis show off—YOGABODY Handstand Blocks are appropriate and helpful for all levels.
How you use the Handstand Blocks is up to you. Many of our students use them for supplemental arm balance training, meaning they train with blocks to improve their handstands. Other students use the blocks to heal and strengthen their wrists during a vinyasa yoga practice. It’s your practice, so try them out and decide what’s right for you.
- AGES: 7 to 75 (recommended)
- WEIGHT LIMIT: None, all weights/sizes supported
- USE: Indoors and outdoors (do not leave in the sun/rain)
- SETUP: Ready to use immediately, with or without a mat (hard surface preferable)
A word of warning: If you’re new to the Handstand Blocks, start slowly and carefully. It’s easy to get overly excited, practice too hard, and wake up sore. We recommend building your practice and confidence in a steady progression, and eventually, the Handstand Blocks will become part of your daily routine.