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