Bolster for perfect yoga practice

Bolster for perfect yoga practice

In the diverse landscape of yoga, practitioners often immerse themselves in a specific style or embrace a combination of various approaches. There are days when our bodies crave rest, face injuries, or navigate through menstrual cycles. Adapting our practice to be more restorative becomes crucial during such times. Among the essential accessories I incorporate, alongside a yoga mat, is the versatile bolster.


Why choose a bolster for yoga?

A bolster, an accessory that emerged under the watchful eye of B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1960s, serves as a soft support in reclining asanas, facilitating the opening of the chest. Its utility extends to providing relief during menstruation by alleviating abdominal pain and supporting injured body parts like knees and neck. The gentle support it offers enables simultaneous relaxation and stretching without unnecessary strain, allowing practitioners to focus on breathing and calming the nervous system.

Personally, I recommend incorporating a bolster into the supta baddha konasana or reclining butterfly pose, especially during times of feminine issues or when rest is needed. In this position, vital support is provided to the pelvis using a yoga strap and a block placed alongside. Emphasizing healthy stretching and avoiding excessive joint strain aligns with the core principles of yoga.


The supta baddha konasana or reclining butterfly pose.


Benefits of practicing yoga with a bolster



Engaging in yoga with a bolster introduces a range of benefits that enhance both physical and mental well-being:


  • Pressure Reduction: the bolster aids in distributing body weight evenly, reducing pressure on joints and the spine. This proves particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive joints.
  • Proper spinal alignment: utilizing a bolster in various poses helps maintain the natural alignment of the spine, contributing to the prevention of back pain and improvement of posture.
  • Muscle relaxation: during bolster-assisted exercises, muscles stretch and relax without unnecessary strain. This process can help alleviate tension and muscle soreness.
  • Enhanced balance and overall well-being: regular practice with a bolster contributes to improved balance, stability, and a holistic sense of well-being.



Types of bolsters

Cotton-Filled Bolster


The fundamental bolster filled with cotton measures 59 cm x 21.5 cm and weighs approximately 3.5 kg. Clad in a cotton cover, it can be easily removed and machine-washed. While durable, prolonged use may require additional support, such as a blanket or two flat bolsters.


Bolster filled with buckwheat hulls

Opting for sustainability, the bolster filled with buckwheat hulls offers similar dimensions and weight to the cotton-filled variant. The cover is also easily washable. The key distinction lies in the ability to adjust the thickness based on individual needs. Buckwheat hulls possess antibacterial and antiviral properties, making them particularly suitable for individuals with asthma. Choose between a cotton or linen cover for enhanced comfort.


Tips for bolster selection

Before committing to a bolster purchase, consider the following guidelines:

  • Size: Select a bolster proportional to your height to ensure optimal support in various yoga poses.
  • Filling: The filling of the bolster is a crucial factor influencing comfort and durability. For example, cotton-filled bolsters are known for their softness, while buckwheat-filled bolsters offer additional flexibility and support.
  • Cover Material: When choosing a cover, prioritize ease of maintenance. A washable cover simplifies cleaning, essential for preserving hygiene and the long-term usability of the bolster.

Discover the world of yoga with an invaluable companion – the bolster. When selecting the right bolster for your yoga practice, consider your personal needs and preferences. Whether you seek the soft comfort of cotton-filled bolsters or the flexibility of buckwheat-filled ones, the choice is yours.

Visit our online store, to explore a diverse range of high-quality bolsters. Choose a bolster that offers the utmost support and comfort, allowing you to infuse your yoga practice with a deeper sense of relaxation and connection. Your yoga journey should be filled with comfort, support, and personal growth.

Remember, a true bolster is not just an accessory but a companion on your path to discovering internal balance and peace.


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