Quarter Rounds and Slant Boards

In other words … The Ovolo and Wedge

Carpentry terminology as applied to yoga props!

Since the props I make are from wood, allow me this humor as I explore the virtues of one over the other.

Quarter Rounds

The round overs are used to provide support and stability during standing asanas. If your calf muscle or Achilles tendon is tight or strained, it will be difficult to keep your leg stable during postures like Utthita Trikonasana.

Utthita Trikonasana with block

One simply has to have support at the base or the pose changes intent.

Chocked to a wall or on your mat or trestler, these are handy indeed.

Utthita Trikonasana with Block and Trestler

The Wedge or Slant Board

The slant board measures 1-3/8 by 4-1/4 x 24 inches long. Slant boards are versatile and can be used in several asanas. During Adhomukha Svanasna, you can use it both under the heel and to support the wrist, hand or fingers.

Downward Facing Dog with wedge under feetDownward Facing Dog with hands on wedge

During Adhomukha Vrksasana, a slant board can lessen the load on the wrist.

Hand Stand with wedge
I also make a slant block. It measures 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 9 5/8″. It is taller than a slant board for those times when a slant board just does not provide enough support, as in Parivrtta Trikonasana.

Parivrtta Trikonasana with slant block

Use of Props

Your teacher will know when you should use them. Once you experience the advantage you’ll know it’s a tool like any other. It gets the work done.

At this stage of my life as a woodworker and teacher I like to use them as necessary… to prolong my well being, career, strength and stamina… I keep them in my studio at all times.

About the Wood

These props are made from Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menzisii), the famous Oregon pine. All materials are selected for quality. These props are made out of FSC certified wood and are west coast products with a short chain of custody. These blocks are solid and trust-inspiring. They are stable, like Asana.

Quarter Round Blocks

Blocks partially processed

Trust Inspring Wood Yoga Blocks

Finished Blocks

Why Wood is Best

Wood stores carbon from the atmosphere in the form of cellulose and sugars. Over four pounds per block! Synthetic materials require factories and petroleum products. Wood products promote forestry practices.

Douglas Fir Tree

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” –John Muir

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