10 Ways To Use A Yoga Bolster

I did not buy myself a yoga bolster until several years into my practice because the yoga studio that I practiced at had them available to use and when practicing at home, I simply used a few sturdy pillows which at the time did the trick.

After teaching yoga for several years, especially when I began teaching virtually from home, I realized how important it would be for me to have a proper bolster so I could demonstrate with it and provide even more options for the students who attend my classes, and boy, was it an upgrade! And not only for them, but for my own practice.

In this article, I will share with you all about yoga bolsters and how to use them, not only for restorative practices, but for other styles of asana as well.



  • What is a Yoga Bolster and Do You Need one?

  • Ways to Use a Yoga Bolster for Release and Relaxation

  • Creative Ways to Use a Bolster

  • Using Pillows as a Yoga Bolster Alternative

What Is A Yoga Bolster?

A yoga bolster is a prop used in several styles of yoga in order to provide support and comfort in certain yoga postures, often allowing for deeper stretching and more release. It looks like a very large pillow.

Yoga bolsters, blocks, straps, and other props were made popular in the 1960s by B.K.S Iyengar, who began to incorporate them in his teachings in order to help his devoted students find better alignment in certain shapes that were otherwise inaccessible to them.




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