How to choose a yoga bolster

how to choose a yoga bolster

Andrea Morris | Feb 14, 2024 | minute read

We’re all about being intentional with rest and rituals—that means sharing our best wellness tools and tips (no gatekeeping here!). When it comes to deepening your yoga practice, finding comfort in meditation, and strengthening daily rituals, there’s an essential that does it all… the bolster.

In this guide, we’ll explore the different types of bolsters, how to use them effectively and how to find the right one for you.


What shape of bolster should I buy?


Bolsters are mindfully designed in a diverse range of shapes and sizes, each serving a specific purpose—from fuller, more organic breathing to movement support. Here are a few things to consider when finding the perfect fit: 

Rectangular Bolsters: Likely the shape you’ll find at your local studio, rectangular bolsters are a great staple for your practice.  

Place your rectangular bolster lengthwise on your mat and lie back for a supported backbend, or place it on top of your legs in paschimottanasana (seated forward fold) to minimize the distance between your chest and the mat.  

 Cylindrical Bolsters: If you’re looking to deepen each stretch while enhancing seated poses whilst working on strengthening postures, this one’s for you.

Perfect for support underneath your knees, the rounded shape of a cylindrical bolster can take your savasana to new depths by bringing comfort to your lower back and knees. Cylindrical bolsters can also provide support in restorative heart openers like supported matsyasana (fish pose). 

Prana Bolsters: Designed for chest-opening poses, these bolsters help support comfortable expansion for breathing exercises. Simply lay down with the bolster along your spine to open up your shoulders, chest and heartspace. 

The prana bolster makes a great addition to any breathwork or meditation session. When used to elevate the hips in virasana (hero pose) or sukasana (cross-legged seat) it can help reduce strain on your lower back and make it easier to stay focused on every inhale and exhale.


What should I look for in a yoga bolster?


Finding which bolster will work best for you is a personal journey, so here are a few more factors to keep in mind:

Shape and Size: 

Your lifestyle is personal to you, so your bolster should align with that. Think about your wellness routine when picking a size. For those on the go, mini bolsters are packable to bring along.


Choose your cover based on comfort, style, and care preferences. Removable covers (like on our bolsters) are a key feature to look out for. They help ensure the freshness and longevity of your bolster while offering the flexibility to change up your style whenever you’d like.

Lastly, your bolster is more than just a prop–it’s a companion in your wellness journey. By understanding the different types and how to weave them into your daily rituals, you unlock a more purposeful connection to your body. 

With a 35-year heritage, durable fabrics and removable covers, our high-quality handmade bolsters stand the test of time.  

To ensure your new bolster will support you in your practice for many years to come, look for high-quality and eco-friendly materials, such as 100% cotton and linen. These not only provide softness and strength, but also contribute to a sustainable and environmentally conscious choice. 

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