How to choose a yoga bolster

What is a yoga Bolster?

A yoga bolster is an accessory used to support poses, increase stretching and provide comfort during restorative yoga poses and deep breathing exercises. Some students find difficulty maintaining proper posture in some poses owing to injury or lack of flexibility and a yoga bolster helps students to better access these poses.

How do you use a yoga bolster?

Yoga bolsters are commonly used in restorative yoga classes. A bolster can be placed under various parts of the body for firm yet comfortable support to encourage total release and relaxation

A yoga bolster can be particularly for anyone working with injuries or certain conditions as it offers support to the part of the body that needs supporting.

How do I choose a yoga bolster

Bolsters come in variety of shapes and sizes and it isn’t always easy to know which bolster is right for you. Firstly what are you going to be using it for, for example, meditation? Restorative yoga? Deeper stretching, support for an injury?

If you have an injury or are working with a particular condition, again, speak with your yoga teacher who can advise you.

When choosing your bolster, there are five things that you need to consider: size, shape, weight, filling and colour or pattern.

Yoga bolsters generally come in three basic shapes: cylindrical, rectangular and lean. You’ll need to decide which is best for your particular needs.

Bolster come in different sizes You’ll need to check the size dimensions before making a choice. Yiga Bolsters also vary greatly in weight, depending on what they are filled with, the weight may be an important factor for you to consider if you are carrying a bolster to class with you

Bolsters contain a variety of fillings for a variety of reasons. You’ll need to do your research because each filling acts differently and needs to be cared for differently. The bolsters stocked by Namaste Hatha Yoga are filled with eco-friendly buckwheat.

The final consideration is colour and pattern. This is a personal choice and there are lots of colours and patterns available to choose from.