Bala Balance Blocks are designed to improve stability and flexibility without becoming a crutch. Each and every angle provides a different level of support thanks to it’s never-before-seen semi-circular shape. After all, you can’t spell balance without Bala.
With the one Block facing the long edge down, place one foot on the ground and one on the curved portion of the block. Squat down in position and then jump to pendulum your legs in the air and switch your foot mid jump so the other foot lands gently on the block. Repeat this motion as many times as you’d like for a nice cardio boost. Swing, swing those legs.
Begin seated on mat in a cross-legged position, placing hands atop each block positioned directly outside of the hips with fingers pointed forward. Use curve side down for a challenge and flat edge down for support. Press into palms and extend arms fully, lifting body off floor and extending legs parallel with the mat. Maintain this 90-degree angle with the torso and legs, keeping core engaged and shoulders stable. Hold as long as you’d like and repeat as needed. Create your shape!
Lay on your back with your legs stretched out long. Place the block lengthwise between your palms and stretch your palms overhead. Reach the block towards your feet, simultaneously lifting your legs up to meet your arms half way, right over your core. Shift the block to between your feet and lower your legs and arms back down to hover above your mat. Continue for one minute, switching the block from your feet to your hands to your feet. Back and forth baby.
Start on all fours in a tabletop position. Untuck your toes and bring your seat back to sit on your heels, bringing your body into a tall upright position. Lift up your seat slightly and spread your feet enough to place a yoga block directly underneath your seat. Sit as long as you’d like, you’re our hero.
Get into a high plank position with the hands on blocks stacked directly under the shoulders. Create a strong line between your neck and heels and then lower down slowly into a controlled push up. At the bottom push yourself back up and repeat. Use flat side down for support and curved edge down for a challenge. Can’t knock the classics.
Start in a seated position with legs long in front of you. Place a block behind you where you measure your shoulder blades will land when you lie down.
Slowly come onto your forearms and allow yourself to rest onto the block. If the block does not feel as though it is in the right place, or you feel pain, move the block and readjust. If it feels okay, let your body completely relax onto the block and into the mild backbend. Focus on your breathing and carefully come out of the pose by removing the block and rolling to your side before sitting back up. Open up.
Warning: this one is advanced! Start in a standing position, feet and blocks wider than hip distance and the blocks facing flat edge up, directly in front of you. With one foot, step squarely onto the flat block, find your balance and then place your other foot on the other block and stabilize. Once your balance is there, keep your chest up and brace your core. Lower yourself into a squat with a flat back as if you’re sitting back in a chair, bending your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Keeping your weight on your heels, drive the weight back up and repeat. Look at you.
Get into a plank position on the floor, with your hands on the flat edge of the blocks, curve side down. Make sure to tuck your butt and make a straight line from your neck to your heels with wrists stacked under shoulders. Keeping your hands shoulder-width apart start by pulling one knee across your torso, moving toward the opposite elbow from the leg that’s being brought in. Alternate with the other knee, and increase the speed if you feel like. Feel your whole core fire up!