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The Comprehensive Yoga Bolster Buying Guide

Bolsters are 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.

Size

Bolsters come 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 otherwise.

Measurements:

Round: 28" long x  10" diameter                                

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.

Measurements:

Round: 28" long x  10" diameter + 2.5" at the widest point            

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.

 

Measurements:

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 expansion.

 

Measurements: 22" Long x 3" Diameter x 6" Wide

 

 

Shop Supportive Rectangular or Supportive Round Bolsters

Shop MaxSupport Rectangular or Round Bolsters

Shop Small Round or Small Rectangular Bolsters

Shop Pranayama Bolsters

Material

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

 

Size

Weight

Material

Supportive Rectangular Bolster

 

24" x 6" x  12"

6.39 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Canvas Cover

Supportive Round  Bolster

 

28" x  10"

7.05 lbs

Cotton Battling;

Removable Canvas Cover

MaxSupport Rectangular Bolster

 

24" x 6" x 12" + 3" at the widest point

9.03 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Canvas Cover

Max Support Round Bolster

 

28" x  10" + 2.5" at the widest point

9.47 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Canvas Cover

Small Rectangular Bolster

 

22" x 5" x 8"

3.3 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Canvas Cover

Small Supportive Round Bolster

 

22" x 7"

3.3 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Canvas Cover

Pranayama Bolster

 

22" x 3" x 6"

2.38 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Canvas Cover

Microfiber Bolster (round)

28" x 10"

9 lbs.

Cotton Batting;

Removable Microfiber Cover

 

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