Yoga bolster pillows are wonderful yoga props for Yin Yoga and stretching. Unfortunately, they are expensive, costing upwards of £60, which makes it a luxury item for most yogis. And it shouldn't be! At Lots of Yoga, we decided that no obstacles should stop us from the wonder of yoga bolsters! We discover a magic solution: 3 minutes, 4 household items, no sewing, and everyone can make a beautiful and FREE bolster. You ready?
How to Make a Bolster Pillow in 4 Easy Steps
You'll need the following 4 items:
- 4-6 safety pins
- An old blanket
- A pillow case
- A hairband or an elastic band
Step 1: Fold and roll up your old blanket like you would a yoga mat
Step 2 - Put the pillow case on the rolled up blanket just as you would on a pillow.
45 seconds - we like to turn the pillow case inside out first so you can easily unroll the pillow case onto the blanket:
Remember to tug the end loose end of the pillow in and fold it on top of the rolling bolster shape, like how you wrap a present.
Step 3 - Safety pin the pillow case in place down the sides to snugly fit the blanket.
Step 4 - Tie the end of the pillow case with a hairband or an elastic band.
Et voila! There you have it! Your very own yoga bolster. Now lay back and enjoy.
How to use a Yoga Bolster
Time to reap the benefits of our hard earned yoga bolster:
1. To open your upper back and armpits
2. For a gentle backbend
3. For a gentle inversion
Great for people who stand a lot at work, such as teachers, chefs and medical professions.
4. Assisted child's pose
Great for calming the mind, opening up the hip joints and sides of the neck.
5. Assisted Cobra Pose
Great to build up upper body and back strength!
6. Assisted Superman Pose: Viparita Shalabhasana
7. A very chilled out version of the classic forward bend (Uttanasana)
8. Threading these all together, gracefully
You can always just cheat and buy a bolster. Check out these amazing options below:
1. Milliard Pranayama Bolster (£19.99)
Let's start with a cheap and cheery option - you can't fault this bolster made with 100% cotton cloth AND removable washable cover. It also comes with two carry handles and full-length zipper
2. CalmingBreath Yoga Bolster (£29.95)
We love this 100% Organic, buckwheat Filled Yoga Bolster with life time guarantee.
Size: Approx 63cm long by 22cm diameter
3. Manduka Round Aircore Bolster (£60)
The roll-royce of yoga props! We love this soft, plush and absorbent bolster from Manduka with fancy 'eQua micro-fiber fabric cover' and hidden zipper so you don't get zipper-pressed face from your yin yogic sleep. Cover is removable for easy cleaning.
Whether it's brought or made, don't you just LOVE your bolster? ❤️
Do you have any more tips on how to make a yoga bolster at home? Would you share your special handmade bolster? Tag us @lots_of_yoga on Instagram or @lotsofyoga on Pinterest. We'd love to hear from you!