The Comprehensive Yoga Bolster Buying
like people. They come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. We're here
to dispel the mystery of which bolster is which. Bolsters have a myriad of
uses, from floating in savasana to opening the chest for breathing exercises. Whether
practicing prenatal yoga, restorative, or anything that requires more support,
bolsters can provide just what you need to make your practice go more smoothly.
in variety of sizes from long and thin, to rectangular and bursting at the
seams. At the end of the day, we do know one thing: size matters. We carry four
sizes at YogaAccessories.com. Each was created to serve a different purpose
(but you can still be creative!).
Supportive Bolster - These are the most popular sizes that
we carry. They come in the round or rectangular shape and weigh about six
pounds each. Many instructors will use these props for poses like Legs Up the
Wall (Viparita Karani) and other restorative yoga poses. We highly recommend
this size for prenatal yoga as it still has a bit of cushioning give, but has
enough volume to make yoga poses safe during pregnancy when they may not be
Round: 28" long x 10"
Rectangular: 24" long x 6"
high x 12" Wide
MaxSupport Bolster - Very similar to the Supportive
bolsters with one key difference. These bolsters are an overstuffed version of
the Supportive bolster. While the cover is the same, these bolsters weigh
upwards of nine pounds making them very dense, semi- hard surfaces. These
bolsters are great for someone who needs a bit more of a boost or stretch. Also
great for physical therapy and Pilates applications.
Round: 28" long x 10"
diameter + 2.5" at the
Rectangular: 24" long x 6" high x 12" Wide + 3" at
the widest point
Small Supportive Bolster - The smaller cousin of the Supportive
Bolster, these are the little engine that could. These bolsters are used for
those wanting a gentler stretch during specific restorative poses like twists
or inversions. They can also be used as a smaller prop by more advanced yogis
to enhance the stretch of a forward fold or chest opener.
Round: 22" long x 7" Diameter
Rectangular: 22" Long x 5" Diameter
x 8" Wide
Pranayama Bolster - As the name suggests, this bolster
was created for Pranayamic breathing exercises. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word
that translates to "the extension of life force" or "extension of
breath." These bolsters are long and thin, perfect for chest openers, not
so much for poses where you're looking for a lot of support. These bolsters are
primarily placed down the length of the spine to promote deep, long, lung
Measurements: 22" Long x 3" Diameter x 6" Wide
All of our bolsters are stuffed with 100% cotton batting that is easily
removable. You can also purchase extra cotton batting if you find that you need
more padding. Bolster covers are easily removable with a zipper running down
the length of the longest side. They are all machine washable, but please hang
covers to dry to prevent shrinkage.
Want to treat yourself? Try the Microfiber Bolster for a superbly soft experience.
Bolster Comparison: At a Glance