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How to Use a Yoga Bolster with Angela Kukhahn
The avid yogi will swear by their trusty yoga bolster, carting it from home to class and using it as a prop for practicing handstands, resting in a Savasana, and every pose in between. You might find yourself thinking, "Come on, is that thing really that great?" It can be hard to imagine becoming so attached to a simple prop, especially when your personal practice is coming along just fine. But trust us - investing in yoga props can totally change the way you practice yoga, and allow you to take poses deeper, make certain poses more comfortable, and hold poses for longer.
Here's why a Yoga Bolster is about to become your new best friend. Yoga Bolsters are incredibly popular with those practicing a Restorative Yoga routine, which places a great emphasis on stillness, deep breathing, and full restoration of body and mind. Allowing your body to rest on the support of a bolster or another prop will help you release tension built up in your muscles and sink into a therapeutic state of relaxation. Depending on the way you choose to use a Yoga Bolster, it can also greatly enhance deep breathing exercises by opening the heart and chest, and improve circulation in tired limbs. There's nothing quite like flopping back onto a soft, comfortable resting place after a long, stressful day.
If you're in search of a bolster to take poses to the next level, that's also an option. You can easily use a yoga bolster as a prop to sink deeper into your favorite poses. Just be aware of your limits, and never push your body past the point of being comfortable.
3 easy ways to use a Yoga Bolster
LA yoga instructor Angela Kukhahn demonstrates three of her favorite ways to incorporate Brentwood Home's Crystal Cove Yoga Bolster into her Restorative Yoga routine. Watch the video below!
- Child's Pose, or Balasana: kneel with the base of the Yoga bolster between your knees, sitting back on your feet and folding the upper half of your body forward. Resting your head on the soft cover of the Yoga Bolster, you'll sink into a state of bliss.
- Wide-Angle Seated Forward Fold, or Upavistha Konasana: take a seated position with your legs in a wide-angle, holding the Yoga Bolster between your legs. Take a forward fold for a deep stretch, using the bolster for support.
- Hero Pose, or Virasana: for an amazing deep-breathing exercise, kneel at the base of the yoga bolster, keeping it right behind you at your seat. Lie back onto the bolster, using it to open your heart and chest, and falling into a session of long, deep breaths.