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Types of Yoga Bolsters
Yoga Bolsters are kinds of pillows or cushions that are utilized in different types of yoga systems, like Kripula Yoga, Bikram Yoga, and B.K.S Iyengar Yoga. They are created in such a way that they offer support to, as well as ease pressure in the legs, back, neck, and abdomen while doing numerous types of positions. Because of the fact that these pillows or cushions are rigid, they offer cushioning to the lower body and back while performing yoga postures (asanas) in the supine posture. They stretch the body out fully and line up the spine, and they come in three different varieties, namely rectangular bolsters, cylindrical bolsters, and Pranayama bolsters.
Rectangular bolsters, like the MaxSupport Deluxe Rectangular Cotton Yoga Bolster which features a removable covering for ease of wash and 100 percent natural cotton cloth and batting, have a smooth surface, providing the user with stability. They offer excellent relief as well for any stress that may happen in the lower back. Furthermore, the rectangular bolster’s arched sides provide support, as well as comfort for restorative poses and spinal stretches.
Cylindrical bolsters, on the other hand, are tightly packed and are usually larger and bulkier than Pranayama and rectangular bolsters. One such example is the Supportive Round Cotton Yoga Bolster, which is available in 8 different colors and is made of 100 percent natural cotton. When placed underneath the ankles, neck or knees, they lend support and relief from any tension that may happen in these body areas. In addition, when placed underneath the knees, they stretch out the back’s lower part, allowing for deeper breathing. Cylindrical bolsters likewise offer added support and comfort that result in the increase of the user’s stretches.
Pranayama bolsters, also known as breathing bolsters, are utilized to help with breathing. Usually, this type of bolster is utilized when doing Pranayama Yoga poses, as it provides cushioning to the spine and enables for deeper and slower breathing. Unlike regular bolsters, Pranayama bolsters, like the Pranayama Cotton Yoga Bolster (available in 3 different colors) are narrower. When underneath the spine, it supports the long muscles that run along its sides, thus soothing it fully and allowing the chest to expand completely.
Selecting a yoga bolster that matches you perfectly is a personal preference and depends completely on the practitioner. The most excellent and effective method is to completely relax while lying down on a hard surface, and then observe the areas of your body that are not completely touching the ground. Depending on the result, you can determine which body parts need a bolster and the select one appropriately.
Some other Yoga Bolsters include: