Yoga bolster

Bolster filled with cotton or buckwheat hulls?

If you haven't tried Balasana (child pose) with a bolster, you are missing out on one of the most beneficial, soothing and comforting yoga experiences. Yoga bolsters are excellent tools for providing support and mastering more challenging positions, gradually training, and promoting flexibility. However, sometimes buying a bolster can seem very complicated, especially if you are shopping online. If you are deciding between a bolster filled with cotton or buckwheat hulls, this article is for you.



What is a yoga bolster?

The modern yoga bolster, believed to have been introduced in the 1960s by yoga teacher B.K.S. Iyengar, is now widely used in all styles of yoga. A yoga bolster is an elongated and firm cushion that is used as an aid in yoga practice. It helps support the body during various postures (asanas), enables deeper relaxation, and improves body alignment. Bolsters are often used in restorative exercises as they help relieve tension and increase comfort during exercise.



Bolsters stuffed with buckwheat hulls or with cotton?

Yoga bolsters are among the basic aids in practicing yoga, as they provide support, comfort, and stability in various positions. When choosing a bolster, the type of filling plays a key role in determining its functionality and comfort. Buckwheat and cotton filling are two popular choices. The following are some of the advantages and flexibility of only these.



Bolsters stuffed with buckwheat hulls


  • Exceptional support: buckwheat hulls are firm and stable, providing excellent support for deeper stretches and more challenging positions. They mold to the shape of your body, providing perfect support.
  • Adjustability: when buying a bolster with buckwheat filling, you can always adjust the thickness by adding the filling out in or.
  • Breathability: buckwheat hulls allow air to circulate, keeping the bolster cool and comfortable during use.
  • Durability: Bolsters filled with buckwheat hulls are long-lasting, maintaining their shape and support over time.
  • Antibacterial effect: buckwheat hulls have an antibacterial and antiviral effect - they are suitable for asthmatics.


  • Weight: these bolsters are heavier, making them less portable for on-the-go practice or travel.
  • Texture: the firm and somewhat rough texture may not be as comfortable for those looking for a softer bolster experience.



Bolsters filled with cotton


  • Softness and comfort: cotton-filled bolsters are soft but still provide enough support, making them ideal for beginners and those who prefer softer support.
  • Lightness: cotton bolsters are lighter and easier to carry, perfect for taking yoga classes or moving around your home practice space.
  • Versatility: these bolsters are great for restorative and more relaxed workouts as they offer a comfortable feel.
  • Natural and breathable: cotton is a natural fiber that breathes well, keeping the bolster comfortable for long-term use.


  • Less Support: bolsters filled with cotton can compress over time and offer less support than those filled with buckwheat hulls. They may not be ideal for more demanding positions that require firm stability.
  • Maintenance: cotton bolsters are more difficult to clean, especially if they don't have removable covers. But no worries RunToYoga bolster has a washable cover that is easy to remove.



Which bolster is right for you?

The choice between a bolster filled with buckwheat hulls and one filled with cotton depends on your wishes and needs:

  • For support and stability: if you need a bolster that provides firm support and molds your body for more challenging positions, a bolster filled with buckwheat hulls is the right choice. Its durability and adjustable firmness make it a favorite among experienced yogis.
  • For comfort and portability: if you're new to yoga or prefer softer, more cushioned support, the cotton-filled bolster will provide the desired comfort. Its lightness makes it easy to carry and ideal for restorative practices.

Both buckwheat hulls and cotton-filled bolsters have their unique benefits. By understanding their differences, you can choose the bolster that best complements your yoga practice and enhances your overall experience. According to my own experience... if you practice yoga for a long time, one will not be enough for you :)

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