The Best Yoga Blocks and Straps: A Review

This is an unbiased review of the best eco-friendly yoga accessories available.

 

Note: This article is an unbiased review of the best eco-friendly yoga blocks, yoga straps, and joy-a-toes. If you are looking for other yoga equipment such as yoga mats for home practice go here or yoga mats for travel, go here. If you would like us to review your yoga gear, reach out to us through our Contact Us page.

I’m obsessed with getting a high quality product for a reasonable price. For that reason, I have spent the last year testing out a wide variety of yoga accessories produced by a number of different yoga equipment brands. If you’re looking for some yoga gear for your home practice, look no further!

I consider yoga straps and blocks to be essential items for your home practice. Straps help you move into a variety of poses, including forward folds, twists and binds. Blocks help you with both seated and standing poses, helping those with tight hips to sit comfortably (chip foam block) and those who want to push themselves with more challenging standing poses (bamboo, cork or foam blocks). This is my full review of some of the best blocks and straps out there.

Important: the top items aren't necessarily the best choice for you - it depends on your needs and this review will help you figure that out. Also, don't forget to check out the Joy-a-toes at the bottom!  Check out this video to help you choose:

 

In this video David, DoYogaWithMe's founder, shows you the characteristics of the blocks and straps in this review.

 

Note: All prices are in US$.

 

YOGA BLOCKS

 

1. Halfmoon Chip Foam Block

Halfmoon Chip Foam Yoga BlockSize: 2” x 8” x 12”
Weight: 1.3 lb
Material: Foam offcuts
Made in: Canada
Last posted price: $12

Pros

This, as far as I’m concerned, is an essential inclusion when selecting props for your home practice. It’s the best block to sit on or provide padding for your knees when in a lunge and is incredibly multi-functional, particularly if you have more than one.

Cons

There aren’t many reasons not to buy this block. The foam chips away quite easily, but these blocks generally last a long time.

 

Buy the Halfmoon Chip Foam Block if:

  • You feel more comfortable when you’re sitting on something.

  • You like padding under your knees.

  • You need something firm and solid to lift you higher in any pose.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon Chip Foam Block if:

  • You are happy using a blanket or other block to sit on.

  • You are happy using a blanket under your knees.

  • You don’t see any other use for it.

Click here to order the Halfmoon Chip Foam Yoga Block from their website.

 

2. Halfmoon Chip Foam Yoga Block with Cover

Halfmoon Chip Foam Yoga Block with CoverSize: 2” x 8” x 12”
Weight: 1.3 lb
Material: Foam offcuts, fabric 65% polyester, 35% cotton
Made in: Canada
Last posted price: $26

Pros

This is the same as the halfmoon chip foam yoga block but it comes with a snug-fitting cover, preventing foam from chipping off and extending the life of the block.

Cons

As stated above, there aren’t many reasons not to buy this block… this one just costs more.

 

Buy the Halfmoon Chip Foam Block with Cover if:

  • You feel more comfortable when you’re sitting on something.

  • You like padding under your knees.

  • You need something firm and solid to lift you higher in any pose.

  • You want to prevent the foam from chipping and extend the block’s life.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon Chip Foam Block with Cover if:

  • You are happy using a blanket or other block to sit on.

  • You are happy using a blanket under your knees.

  • You don’t see any other use for it.

  • You want a chip foam block but prefer to pay less.

Click here to order the Halfmoon Chip Foam Yoga Block with Cover from their website.

 

3. Hugger Mugger Bamboo Block

Hugger Mugger Bamboo BlockSize: 4” x 6” x 9”
Weight: 2.2 lb
Material: Bamboo
Made in: China
Last posted price: $25

Pros

The Hugger Mugger Bamboo yoga block is solid, durable and light, and is also bigger than the average block. It’s made from one of the fastest-growing natural materials, making it a great choice for the eco-conscious. They are also a lighter than their wooden counterparts due to the density of bamboo and the block’s hollow core. The blocks have rounded edges and a nice finish.

Cons

The weight of the bamboo block can be a deterrent - it’s about halfway between a foam block and a wooden block. It also has a harder, more slippery surface than cork or foam.

 

Buy the Hugger Mugger Bamboo Block if:

  • You like a block to have some weight.

  • You like the feel of bamboo.

  • You like a block that feels solid.

  • You like blocks that are a bit bigger than average.

Don’t buy the Hugger Mugger Bamboo Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is easy to grip.

  • You like blocks that are light and have some give.

Click here to order the Hugger Mugger Bamboo Block from Amazon.

 

4. Tranquil Yogi 4" Cork Yoga Block

Tranquil Yoga 4" Cork Yoga BlockSize: 4” x 6” x 9”
Weight: 2.1 lb
Material: Cork
Made in: China
Last posted price: $19

Pros

Halfway between the bamboo block and the foam block is the cork yoga block, in terms of weight, firmness, hardness and ease of use. It has more grip than both blocks, is easier to sit on than bamboo, provides more stability than foam and might simply feel nicer to some yogis (cork feels good!). It’s also eco-friendly and biodegradable. This cork yoga block is the same size as the bamboo and recycled foam blocks made by Hugger Mugger, but it’s made from cork. Lastly, you receive a 10% discount when you purchase from this page.

Cons

Cork can be too dense to sit on and too heavy to move around or hold in the air for some people. This block is particularly big and therefore heavy, for a cork block.

 

Buy the Tranquil Yogi 4” Cork Block if:

  • You like a block that has a surface that is easy to grip.

  • You like the feel of cork over bamboo or foam.

  • You like a block that is firm and solid, but has give.

  • You like the fact that cork is eco-friendly.

  • You like a big, thick block, giving you more support in all poses.

Don’t buy the Tranquil Yogi 4” Cork Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is light, such as foam.

  • You prefer a harder, smoother block, like bamboo.

  • You prefer a softer block, that is more comfortable to sit on.

  • You prefer a thinner, lighter block.

Click here to order the Tranquil Yogi 4” Cork Yoga Block from their website. 
 

5. Hugger Mugger Recycled Foam Block

Hugger Mugger Recycled Foam BlockSize: 4” x 6” x 9”
Weight: 0.9 lb
Material: Eco-friendly EVA foam and recycled agricultural polyethylene
Made in: China
Last posted price: $17

Pros

If you are looking for a block that is light, extremely firm and eco-friendly, the Hugger Mugger Recycled Foam Block is one of your best choices. They are strong and solid, with beveled edges and are long lasting and recyclable.

Cons

The density of this block can make it too firm for some yogis, especially those who would like to sit on it.

 

Buy the Hugger Mugger Recycled Foam Block if:

  • You like a block that is really light.

  • You like the feel of foam over bamboo or cork.

  • You like a foam block that is more dense than most.

  • You like blocks that are a bit bigger than average.

Don’t buy the Hugger Mugger Recycled Foam Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is heavier than foam.

  • You prefer a soft foam block (this one is quite dense)

Click here to order the Hugger Mugger Recycled Foam Yoga Block from Amazon.

 

6. Halfmoon Natural Cork Yoga Block

Halfmoon Natural Cork Yoga BlockSize: 3.5” x 5.5” x 9”
Weight: 2.1 lb
Material: Cork
Made in: China
Last posted price: $20

Pros

This is a slightly smaller (thinner and shorter) cork block than the Tranquil Yogi 4” block, making it lighter and easier to handle. Of course, it has all of the benefits of a cork block (firm but soft, grippy surface, easy to use, eco-friendly) so the choice can be mainly about size and price.

Cons

Cork can be too dense to sit on and too heavy to move around or hold in the air for some people.

 

Buy the Halfmoon Natural Cork Block if:

  • You like a block that has a surface that is easy to grip.

  • You like the feel of cork over bamboo or foam.

  • You like a block that is firm and solid, but has give.

  • You like the fact that cork is eco-friendly.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon Natural Cork Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is light, such as foam.

  • You prefer a softer block, that is more comfortable to sit on

Click here to order the Halfmoon Cork Yoga Block from their website. 
 

7. Hugger Mugger Cork Yoga Block

Hugger Mugger Cork Yoga BlockSize: 3.5” x 5.5” x 9”
Weight: 1.9 lb
Material: Cork
Made in: China
Last posted price: $20

Pros

The Hugger Mugger Core Block has all the features of the Halfmoon, above, but is slightly lighter at 1.9 lb. As stated above, all of the benefits of a cork block apply, which are many, so you can make your choice based on size and price.

Cons

This cork block is the mid range in terms of size, but it can be still too dense to sit on and too heavy to move around or hold in the air for some people.

 

Buy the Hugger Mugger Cork Yoga Block if:

  • You like a block that has a surface that is easy to grip.

  • You like the feel of cork over bamboo or foam.

  • You like a block that is firm and solid, but has give.

  • You like the fact that cork is eco-friendly.

  • You like cork but want a block smaller than the ones above.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon Natural Cork Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is light, such as foam.

  • You prefer a softer block, that is more comfortable to sit on

Click here to order the Hugger Mugger Cork Yoga Block from Amazon.

 

8. Tranquil Yogi 3" Cork Block

Tranquil Yogi 3" Cork BlockSize: 3” x 6” x 9”
Weight: 2.1 lb
Material: Cork
Made in: China
Last posted price: $17

Pros

This cork yoga block has all of the great features of cork (firm but soft, solid and supportive, easy to grip, eco-friendly and biodegradable) but is thinner than the others. Half an inch doesn’t seem like a lot but it is when you’re moving the block around or holding onto it, particularly if you have smaller hands. It’s also a bit lighter, which also makes a difference during a class. Lastly, Tranquil Yogi gives you 10% off when ordering from this page.

Cons

Along with cork being too dense to sit on and too heavy to move around for some people, you may simply prefer a thicker block.

 

Buy the Tranquil Yogi Cork Block if:

  • You like a block that has a surface that is easy to grip.

  • You like the feel of cork over bamboo or foam.

  • You like a block that is firm and solid, but has give.

  • You like the fact that cork is eco-friendly.

  • You like a thinner block, making it easier to grab and hold.

Don’t buy the Tranquil Yogi Cork Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is light, such as foam.

  • You prefer a softer block, that is more comfortable to sit on.

  • You prefer a thick block.

Click here to order the Tranquil Yogi 3” Cork Yoga Block from their website

 

9. 2nd Wind Health 3" Cork Yoga Block

2nd Wind Health 3" Cork BlockSize: 3” x 6” x 9”
Weight: 1 lb
Material: Cork
Made in: China
Last posted price: $35

Pros

This is a slightly thinner, lighter version of the cork yoga block that has all of the great features of cork (firm, soft, solid and supportive, easy to grip, eco-friendly and biodegradable) but is thinner than the others.

Cons

Along with cork being too dense to sit on and too heavy to move around for some people, you may want a thicker block.

 

Buy the 2nd Wind Health Cork Yoga Block if:

  • You like a block that has a surface that is easy to grip.

  • You like the feel of cork over bamboo or foam.

  • You like a block that is firm and solid, but has give.

  • You like the fact that cork is eco-friendly.

  • You like a thinner block, making it easier to grab and hold.

Don’t buy the 2nd Wind Health Cork Yoga Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is light, such as foam.

  • You prefer a softer block, that is more comfortable to sit on.

  • You prefer a thick block.

Click here to order the 2nd Wind Health 3” Cork Yoga Block from their website

 

 

10. Halfmoon 4" Foam Yoga Block

 

Halfmoon 4" Foam Yoga BlockSize: 4” x 6” x 9”
Weight: 4.2 oz
Material: Lightweight EVA
Made in: Taiwan
Last posted price: $12

Pros

This is the standard foam yoga block, the one you will find in most yoga studios. It’s big, thick, firm with some give, is extremely lightweight and provides the stability you need. It’s all around a functional, sufficient block. Note: halfmoon also has a 3” version of this block available for around $9.00. If you are interested in the 3" Halfmoon Foam Block, click here. 

Cons

This is not the best choice for the eco-conscious. EVA appears to be a safe for use but it is not easily biodegradable or recyclable.

 

Buy the Halfmoon Natural Cork Block if:

  • You like a block that has a surface that is easy to grip.

  • You like the feel of cork over bamboo or foam.

  • You like a block that is firm and solid, but has give.

  • You like the fact that cork is eco-friendly.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon Natural Cork Block if:

  • You prefer a block that is light, such as foam.

  • You prefer a softer block, that is more comfortable to sit on

Click here to order the Halfmoon 4” Foam Yoga Block from their website 

 

YOGA STRAPS

 

1. Halfmoon 6' Organic Cotton Loop Strap

Halfmoon 6' Organic Cotton Loop StrapWidth and Length: 1.5” x 6’
Material: Organic Cotton
Made in: Taiwan
Last posted price: $15

Pros

This yoga strap is strong, the perfect size for the average yoga student and, best of all, is made from organic cotton. The material has a fairly coarse feel, allowing for easy grip, and is quite flexible and easy to manipulate and the metal buckle is strong and holds very well. This is also the only strap that I know of that has a looped end, allowing you to loop it over your foot, arm or shoulder without having to use the clasp.

Cons

The loop on the end of the strap makes it a bit harder to slip the end through the metal buckle. The slight coarse feel of the cotton may also be a deterrent for some, even though it allows for better grip.

 

Buy the Halfmoon 6’ Organic Cotton Loop Strap if:

  • You like a strap that has grip to it.

  • You like that is has a strong, metal buckle that holds firm.

  • You like that it’s made from organic cotton.

  • You think you may find the loop at the end of the strap useful.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon 6’ Organic Cotton Loop Strap if:

  • You prefer a strap that feels smooth.

  • You prefer a strap that is easy to slip into the clasp.

  • You prefer a plastic buckle.

  • You don’t think you would use the loop on the end.

Click here to order the Halfmoon 6’ Organic Cotton Loop Strap from their website.

 

2. Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 6' Yoga Strap

Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 6' Yoga strapWidth and Length: 1.5” x 6’
Material: Cotton
Made in: China
Last posted price: $11

Pros

The Hugger Mugger D-Ring 6’ Yoga Strap is the thinnest of the bunch, making it very pliable and wraps around the feet and hands a lot easier. The material is halfway between being coarse and smooth, allowing for decent grip and it has a large d-ring buckle that holds surprisingly well and makes it very easy to thread the strap through.

Cons

I imagine this strap would not last as long as its thicker competitors. The most important issue is that it is made with non-organic cotton, a crop that requires a lot of pesticides and water.

 

Buy the Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 6’ Yoga Strap if:

  • You like a strap that feels halfway between smooth and rough.

  • You like that is has a strong, metal clasp that holds firm.

  • You like that it has a large d-ring, making it easy to thread the strap through.

  • You like a strap that is a thin and pliable.

Don’t buy the Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 6’ Yoga Strap if:

  • You prefer a strap that feels very coarse or smooth..

  • You prefer a plastic clasp.

  • You prefer a strap that is stiff and feels strong.

  • You prefer to choose a more environmentally sustainable option.

Click here to order the Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 6’ Yoga Strap from their website. 

 

3. Halfmoon 8' Organic Cotton Loop Strap

Halfmoon 8' Organic Cotton Yoga StrapWidth and Length: 1.5” x 8’
Material: Organic Cotton
Made in: Taiwan
Last posted price: $14

Pros

This is the longer version of Halfmoon’s 6’ loop strap. It has all of the great features, including a material that is strong and easy to grip, and buckle that holds strong, a loop at the end of the strap that can go over your foot or hand and, best of all, it’s made from organic cotton.

Cons

The reasons you may be happier with another strap are the same as the 6’ loop strap: the loop makes it a bit harder to get the end through the buckle and the slight coarse feel of the cotton may not be what you are looking for.

 

Buy the Halfmoon 6’ Organic Cotton Loop Strap if:

  • You want a yoga strap that is longer than 6’.

  • You like a strap that has grip to it.

  • You like that is has a strong, metal buckle that holds firm.

  • You like that it’s made from organic cotton.

  • You think you may find the loop at the end of the strap useful.

Don’t buy the Halfmoon 6’ Organic Cotton Loop Strap if:

  • You don’t need an extra long strap.

  • You prefer a strap that feels smooth.

  • You prefer a strap that is easy to slip into the clasp.

  • You prefer a plastic buckle.

  • You don’t think you would use the loop on the end.

Click here to order the Halfmoon 8’ Organic Cotton Loop Strap from their website. 

 

4. Prana Raja Organic Cotton 8' Yoga Strap

Prana Raja Organic Cotton Yoga StrapWidth and Length: 1.5” x 8’
Material: Organic Cotton
Made in: N/A
Last posted price: $15

Pros

The Raja Yoga Strap is a bit thicker than other straps, making it feel a bit stiffer and incredibly strong and durable. The strap is smooth and feels nice to the touch. The D-ring buckle holds firm and the strap is made from 100% organic cotton.  

Cons

The extra thickness and the smooth surface can make it more difficult to some people to hold onto the strap. The D-ring, although it holds very firm, makes it harder to thread the strap through.

 

Buy the Prana Raja Organic Cotton Yoga Strap if:

  • You like a strap that feels smooth.

  • You like that is has a strong, metal clasp that holds firm.

  • You like that it’s made from organic cotton.

  • You like a strap that is a bit thicker and stiffer.

Don’t buy the Prana Raja Organic Cotton Yoga Strap if:

  • You prefer a strap that feels coarse and has good grip.

  • You prefer a strap that is easy to slip into the clasp.

  • You prefer a plastic clasp.

  • You prefer a strap that is not at all stiff - that feels pliable.

Click here to order the Prana Raja Organic Cotton Yoga Strap from the Prana website.

 

5. Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 8' Yoga Strap

Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 8' Yoga StrapWidth and Length: 1.5” x 8’
Material: Cotton
Made in: China
Last posted price: $11

Pros

The Hugger Mugger D-Ring 8’ Yoga Strap has all of the same qualities of the 6’ strap shown above, but it’s 2 feet longer. To summarize, it’s thin and pliable, halfway between coarse and smooth and has a large d-ring buckle that holds surprisingly well and makes it very easy to thread the strap through.

Cons

This strap may not last as long as its thicker competitors and it is made with non-organic cotton, a crop that requires a lot of pesticides and water.

 

Buy the Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 8’ Yoga Strap if:

  • You are looking for a longer strap than average.

  • You like a strap that feels halfway between smooth and rough.

  • You like that is has a strong, metal clasp that holds firm.

  • You like that it has a large d-ring, making it easy to thread the strap through.

  • You like a strap that is a thin and pliable.

Don’t buy the Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 8’ Yoga Strap if:

  • You would likely be happy with a 6’ strap.

  • You prefer a strap that feels very coarse or smooth..

  • You prefer a plastic clasp.

  • You prefer a strap that is stiff and feels strong.

  • You prefer to choose a more environmentally sustainable option.

Click here to order the Hugger Mugger Cotton D-Ring 8’ Yoga Strap from their website. 

 

SPECIAL MENTIONS

 

Halfmoon Joy-a-Toes

Halfmoon Joy-A-Toes Toe SpreaderMaterial: Gel
Made in: Taiwan
Last posted price: $30

Pros

Halfmoon’s joy-a-toes are a fantastic way to relax and rejuvenate your tired, achy, tight feet. They essentially spread your toes out, increasing flexibility between the toes, improving circulation, opening channels of energy, relaxing soft tissue, realigning bones and helping your feet recover from the punishment of everyday life, including wearing high heels. They also help you avoid, or lessen the impact, of bunions.

Cons

I don’t see any reason not to purchase a set of joy-a-toes, outside of price. They are quite expensive, but so worth it!

 

Buy a set of Halfmoon Joy-a-Toes if:

  • You would like to stretch your toes out.

  • You would like to help your toes recover from being in tight shoes or high heels.

  • You are getting bunions or want to avoid them.

  • You like when your feet feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Don’t buy a set of Halfmoon Joy-a-Toes if:

  • You don’t need self love for your feet.

  • You can’t afford a pair.

Click here to order the Halfmoon Joy-a-Toes from their website.

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