Hey there, yoga enthusiasts! If you've recently delved into the world of yoga, you may have noticed an array of props like blocks, straps, and, of course, the cozy-looking yoga bolster. People often ask us this questions, so let's unravel the mystery behind this cushiony companion and explore the question on many yogis' minds: "How many yoga bolsters do I need?"

How to use a yoga bolster

Understanding the Purpose of a Bolster

First and foremost, let's talk about the why. Bolsters are like the unsung heroes of the yoga world. They provide support, comfort, and help you achieve proper alignment in various poses. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner, incorporating bolsters into your practice can enhance your overall experience.

30 degree angle pose with a bolster

Different Yoga Styles, Different Bolster Needs

The number of bolsters you might need largely depends on the style of yoga you prefer. Let's break it down:

  1. Restorative Yoga: If you're a fan of restorative yoga, where the focus is on relaxation and gentle stretching, then having 2 - 4 bolsters of varied sizes is a fantastic idea. These squishy props can be placed under your back, knees, or even neck to create a luxurious and supported experience during long-held poses.

  2. Yin Yoga: In Yin yoga, where poses are held for an extended period, bolsters become your best friends. Consider having at least one bolster to support your body in deep stretches, promoting a sense of ease and allowing you to stay in poses for longer durations.

  3. Prenatal Yoga: For all the moms-to-be out there, prenatal yoga often involves modifying poses for comfort and safety. Having a bolster or two on hand can provide extra support and help adapt poses to accommodate your changing body.

  4. Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga: Even in more dynamic styles like Hatha or Vinyasa, bolsters can play a role. A bolster can be used for restorative moments during the practice or to facilitate relaxation in Savasana.

How to use bolsters in yin yoga

Personal Bolster Preference

Ultimately, the number of bolsters you need is a personal choice. Some yogis may find solace in having an entire collection, while others may stick to one or two versatile bolsters that can adapt to various needs. It's all about what makes you feel comfortable and supported in your practice.

Love My Mat's Bolster Recommendations

These recommendations are based on my personal practice and my experiences working with hundreds of students over 20+ years. Every person's needs are different and those needs can change each day. Please consider your body size and type when choosing the best bolster options for you. Or reach out to us at info @ lovemymat.com to make an appointment for a free 30 minute Prop Consultation.

How many bolsters do I need?

Restorative Yoga

Yin Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga

So, to answer the question of how many yoga bolsters you need – it's up to you! 

Feel free to explore and experiment, and don't hesitate to let your bolsters be the foundation of a more blissful and supported yoga journey. After all, yoga is about finding what feels right for your body and soul. Happy bolstering!

bolsters for yoga

We are here to help. Call or email us anytime to chat about what bolsters would work best for you.

xo Shelley xo

February 26, 2024 — Shelley Gordon

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