Our bolsters were born from a need I found while teaching Yoga based rehab at a physiotherapy clinic for a couple years. The majority of my clients had tight chests and weak upper backs, so we were often resting in Supported Fish (see photo at right) or deeper heart openers over a bolster.
Many of the clients weren't able to fully open their chests because the 10" width of a standard bolster was too wide. They weren't able to roll their shoulders back and open, which often resulted in gripping, instead of relaxing. You can see in the photo to the right, that the width of the bolster isn't allowing the woman to fully release her shoulders back & down. Another problem I consistently encountered was people's head falling off the back end of the bolster. The standard 24" length just wasn't long enough for about half of my clients, so we were always fumbling with adding blocks and blankets for support & comfort. Not to mention the 5" depth was often causing too deep of a low back bend for the client to feel comfortable. So my mom and I began working on patterns to create a bolster that would solve these problems and still function well in any other pose. After several designs and input from teachers & students we came up with the Long & Lean Bolster.
Long & Lean Size is 28" long x 8.5" wide x 4.5" deep
Versus a Standard Bolster at 24" long x 10" wide x 5" deep
The extra 4" length makes our bolsters suitable for any one from 5' tall to 6'5" tall.
Narrowing the width by 1.5" allows shoulders to roll back & chests to open without sacrificing stability.
A simple half inch reduction in the depth makes for more gentle backbends.
It's not only the size that's making people fall in love with the Long & Lean Bolster. Here are some other great qualities of our yoga bolsters.
Already in love with our Long & Lean Bolster and want to try one for yourself? Click on the link below and head to our online store to see all of our available fabrics. Please bear in mind that sometimes we're sold out before we get a chance to remove items from our website - but we're always happy to send you other options. Head to www.lovemymat.com
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Much love & gratitude,