Yoga Bolsters Add Comfort & Make Difficult Poses Attainable
Cushion Your Knees Or Back With A Yoga Bolster
Yoga is an inclusive activity that should appeal to people of all ages, abilities and fitness and flexibility levels. It's gentle enough for the pregnant, but demanding enough to give you an intense and sweaty workout.
Like any new activity, though, it can be intimidating in the beginning. People who aren’t as supple and limber as seasoned yogis may find the poses too challenging. Yet rather than give up, they should look into yoga bolsters for support.
A yoga bolster is a firm cushion that makes the practice of yoga more comfortable. It can be especially useful to people with injuries or women who are pregnant and suffer from lower back pain. It relieves excessive tension and gives the body a chance to adapt to new and especially challenging poses.
Yoga bolsters are pillowlike props that come in assorted colors, sizes and shapes, including cylinders, rectangles and squares. A cylindrical or rectangular bolster can be placed under the small of your back or under your knees during poses such as Savasana (also known as corpse). This puts less strain on your body and makes the process more fluid and restful. A flat, square foam pad or round Zafu works well for meditation. To use, slide it under your sit bone to raise your hips and increase your comfort level. You can also use these pads to support sensitive knees. A yoga bolster can make relaxing at home more pleasant, too; just slide one under your body when you’re lying down reading or watching TV.
We carry half a dozen to choose from. Except for one, which is filled with foam, they all feature breathable cotton covers and batting, with covers that can be removed and washed. Color choices vary depending on the style, but may include blue, green, purple, burgundy and chocolate. No matter which you select, it won’t take up much room to store and will be very light to carry with you to yoga practice.