When I started teaching private yoga clients one thing I invested in was a yoga wedge. It’s a yoga prop that helps provide stability and assistance in poses. Helping you find peace in the pose. Enabling you stay there longer. Today I want to share why wedges are important, benefits and how to use a yoga wedge in your home practice.
I keep saying it, but I am “all-in” on content creation, including video! Here’s a 5 minute video explaining everything in this post. Plus, stay tuned for the bloopers! Did you know I put bloopers at the end of my videos? Well, now you do.
If you want to bookmark the video, share it or add it to your YouTube playlists you can find the video on my YouTube Channel. Don’t forget to subscribe and drop me a like. Let me know if you’re subscribed in the comments too!
Difference between yoga wedge and yoga block
First, I guess we need to discuss the difference between a yoga block and a yoga wedge. Both are yoga props, something to use for stability and support in a pose. They are both made of the same types of material, in my base dense foam. But, they are different shapes.
A yoga block is typically rectangular. Offering support on all sides. The yoga wedge is triangular in shape. I’ve seen some narrow yoga wedges but I prefer this one by Gaiam as it’s 20″ long.
I’ve had this Gaiam yoga wedge years. Like, literally years. I’ve used it myself and with clients. If you’re looking to purchase one I highly recommend this one!
How to use a yoga wedge for wrist pain
A yoga wedge has so many uses but I’m going to focus first on discomfort on all fours. I’ve talked about this before, but adding support is essential to find ease. Yoga should NOT be painful! Using a wedge for support can help relieve that pain, especially in the wrists and knees.
By elevating the heel of the hand higher than the fingertips we create less compression in the wrist. This simple trick is often all that is needed to relieve pain in the wrists.
The same can be said for the knees in this position. If you have a hard floor then it can sometimes be uncomfortable for the knees. While I prefer a balance pad or blanket, the yoga wedge can certainly work in this situation too! Especially the way I’ve show above if you have reduce ankle mobility or tight shins.
How to use the yoga wedge in Yoga Poses
While pain relief is the primary goal sometimes it’s just about finding more ease or coming deeper in a pose. Accessing it in a new way. One way I like to do this is is seated poses. By elevating the pelvis we can allow more freedom in poses like staff pose and forward folds.
Downward dog is another great way to use the wedge. Place it under the hands for wrist issues, or under the feet for more stability in the legs. Play with both and see which feel right for you.
For support, you can use the yoga wedge in poses like warrior 1. Honestly, having that extra height of the back heel can make this pose so much more enjoyable for a LOT of people!
We can say the same for pyramid pose. Just adding a little lift into the back leg can perhaps allow you to go deeper into the pose. If this feels good you may want to try chair pose on a yoga wedge!
Do you struggle in forward folds? Think you have tight hamstrings? Try a forward fold standing on the wedge. This may allow you to come closer to the floor/legs. If so, it’s likely not your hamstrings but your calves that are tight!
And finally, the nemesis pose of many, malasana. The yoga squat! This pose is much more accessible on a yoga wedge. Seriously, try it!
If you’re looking for more yoga classes, tutorials, tips and tricks then join my email list. By signing up you will get all the latest info delivered right to your inbox. If you’re interested in 30-60 minute yoga classes, then check out Patreon. I upload two long videos each month. However, I will always have a ton of free content here on my website and on my YouTube channel.
- Have you heard of a yoga wedge before?
- Which pose do you struggle with?
- What yoga props do you find most useful?
I have a right shoulder impingement that I’m trying to work through. The downward dog and plank are hard on it, do you think these will take pressure off the shoulder a bit? Also, I have some ankle flex mobility in my left ankle, and I do think the wedge will assist with that.
I have never heard of a yoga wedge before. I will definitely use one when I start yoga again.
They are great if you have ankle mobility problems!
This yoga post is super helpful! I am pregnant so it’s been harder to make certain reaches so I have been using the block to get me there!
pregnancy yoga = ALL THE PROPS. As the baby grows your center of gravity changes, and chairs become super useful.
I know of the blocks but never heard of the wedge. Interesting…it definitely will help in poses as I have tight shins and everything.
Yep these are great for those with ankle/leg issues. They can really help stabilize and strengthen. Sometimes we just need to be lifted up!
I know it may sound wierd when I used to do Yoga I did not know about wedge. Actually I was taught Yoga from Ashram (monastic community). But now I wonder only if I knew about it when I did Yoga because it helps good while doing Yoga.
Yep many of the traditional physical practices of yoga don’t allow for individual bodies. They are a “one size fits all” and as humans we are just not made that way. using props can make a LOT of difference to a yoga practice.
I have never thought about trying one before. However, it certainly makes sense to use one when practicing yoga.
Yes it does, if you have ankle mobility problems or calf/hamstring flexibility issues.
I have seen the narrow yoga wedges ones too with a rectangle shape. I never have seen the triangle ones.
yep not many places get these. Shame cos they are very useful.
Thanks for the great tutorial on using a yoga wedge! After I’m done healing from surgery I’ll be trying this out to get back in shape!
Speedy recovery my friend! Let me know if you need any help modifying anything.
I actually never saw this prop before but I think it’s awesome! I need to try working with it as well
Yeah not many places have them, but amazon to the rescue! They are really great for ankle issues!
Kristine Nicole Alessandra
My niece would want to have one. She is getting pretty good at yoga and this would really be a big help for her to get int those poses. I will check online and see where I can purchase one.
Amazon is always your friend! Any poses your niece needs help with?
YES!!! Now this is really handy as I am always thinking what do I do with these things lol thanks x
I’ve had a wedge for years but reading your post is a good reminder for yoga practitioners to revisit props they cast aside. All props add value to our practice and postures.
100%!!! I admit I only got mine out and played with it due to the pandemic. I took all my equipment out my car (rather than sitting on the driveway). Any other props you need ideas for?
You’re welcome! have fun playing with wedges. If you need help with any other props let me know!
OH I’ve never heard of yoga wedges before, these are awesome!!! They definitely should help with my posture.
Yeah they seem to be one of the lesser known yoga props. Do you have problems with posture?
I have a yoga block, but have never heard of a wedge. Useful to know about, as I often need to modify poses because of my surgery history…
Thats great you have a block. What surgery did you have? A wedge can be super useful in a lot of ways!
So helpful! I remember the first time I saw one in class and I was like “Umm what do I do??”
Yes they look weird if you’re not used to them. Like a funky block! Have you used one? How did it help?
I have a block but I’ve never heard of a yoga wedge before! I get pain in my wrists sometimes, so I may have to get one and see if it helps me out.
Definitely try it. I’ve used it many times with clients who have wrist issues. You can also check out this post for a simpler version