Review: Manduka unBLOK

I have a juicy product review for you guys today. I tend to be choosy about which products I will accept for review on the blog, because I want to keep it honest. I do review most yoga products, so when Manduka contacted me about reviewing their new yoga block, I was psyched.

unBLOK_BreezeThunder_In Packaging_Angled (2pcs)

Here are the details about the unBLOK:

  • Made of over 50% recycled material (foam)
  • Rounded shape
  • Slip-resistant

I was skeptical about the shape when I first saw the unBLOK because I’m so used to the normal, rectangular block shape that most other yoga blocks have. But I actually think I preferred using the unBLOK. I tried some supported chest and shoulder openers (supported fish, supported bridge), and this block was great. It’s much nicer to have a slightly rounded curve supporting your back than a straight block.


Supported Fish Pose – put a block under your upper back and let your arms fall open. You can also put a rolled up blanket underneath your knees for extra low-back support. (Image source.)

I also tried out some standard poses that might require a block – Virasana (hero’s pose) and Artichandrasana (half moon pose) and the unBLOK worked very well. It really is slip resistant, and it’s sturdy like a cork block is, but still light, because it’s foam. It’s more grippy than most foam blocks I’ve used, which is good for poses like half moon.

The unBLOK Party:

You can nominate a local studio that helped you “unblock” your practice for a chance to win prizes. You can nominate your studio {HERE}. Be sure to do it today, if you want to enter, because the campaign ends today, May 28th.

I just nominated my studio, Pure. And I got a 15% off discount code at the end after I submitted.

Do you use a block for your yoga practice? What is your favorite local studio?

I don’t use a block that often, but I love using blocks for supported, restorative postures. I have a lot of favorite studios in NYC. The two that I have been to the most are Pure and Yoga Vida (where I did my training).

Healthy Choice Fudge Bars! Review

I got a lot of goodies at Costco on Sunday afternoon.  Included in my bounty was a big box (18 total) of Healthy Choice Premium Fudge Bars, on sale for $5.  I was a little skeptical at first, but after my first lick, I was converted.  This bar is creamy heaven and the nutritional facts are great.


Per Serving (one Premium Fudge Bar – 3 fl oz): 100 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 16 grams carbs (5g fiber, 5g sugar, 5g sugar alcohols), 4 grams protein.

They do contain sorbitol, which is a sugar alcohol, but I couldn’t discern any odd aftertaste.  I was also very impressed by the fiber content – 5 grams!

I think the kind sold at Costco are slightly bigger than the ones you get in normal stores (those only have 80 kCal per bar), but I’m sure they taste the same.  I would never have guessed that this was a diet bar by the way it tasted.  It tastes like the full fat version but without the heavy feeling in your stomach afterwards. I will definitely be buying these after I run out of my 18-pack… which could be fairly soon, because I think I’m going to go have another one right now.