Contrary to the belief, yoga is for every BODY. Ego aside, props actually aim to enhance your poses, not hinder them in any way! You’re choosing to honor your body and use support when necessary; that’s a powerful choice of self-respect and care. Props are a beautiful way to create safety, support, and accessibility in any yoga pose. A bolster or blanket is a common prop that many choose to use for a variety of modifications. Utilizing a bolster or blanket is a nourishing way to be supported in poses of restoration, such as in your Yin yoga or meditation practice. A blanket or bolster is also a fantastic prop to incorporate into a more dynamic yoga class such as Vinaysa or Hatha yoga.
You can use this prop in a variety of ways! Are you practicing Yin yoga? If so, place this prop along your spine for backbends, underneath your knees or chest for seated forward folds, underneath your skull and neck for a deep and restful Savasana, or underneath your sitting bones to stabilize your pelvis in half-pigeon pose. Practicing Hatha or Vinyasa yoga? Place the blanket underneath your knee when in a supported low lunge or half-frog pose, underneath your sitting bones for cow-face pose, or place your forehead on a bolster when in a deep, wide-straddle forward fold.
Are you doing an at home yoga session and don’t have a bolster on hand? That’s alright because you can roll up a blanket to create a make-shift bolster. Tip: Make sure to roll the blanket firmly, ensuring sturdy support!