I like to think of yoga as being a perfect example of how life is about the journey, not the destination. You don’t need to ‘master’ all the advanced asanas, to gain the amazing benefits. You simply need to listen to your body and work at your own pace. - It is in the process of progression that the real magic is found!
Yoga doesn’t discriminate against age or sex, shape or size, strengths or weaknesses, nor your level of experience. No matter who you are, or what your lifestyle envolves, yoga can provide you with tools and techniques that will help enhance your physical and mental wellbeing.
There have always been varying levels of asana, pranayama and bundas, some more suitable for beginners and others for more advanced practitioners. There have also been numerous variations created, over time, to help accommodate everyone. Enabling greater access regardless of whether you have an injury, a disability, or are just starting out.
However, in the 1960s, teachers such as the notable B.K.S Iyengar noticed that many people were still struggling to safely move into, or hold, certain asanas, even with the use of variations. This instigated the birth of numerous yoga props and accessories, including the diverse, and incredibly enjoyable, yoga bolster!
Though they might look petty, yoga bolsters are not just a decorative cushion for sitting on. They are an incredibly versatile tool, that can help you take your yoga practice to the next level. They enable greater access to different poses by providing enhanced safety and comfort. They have also opened up the world of restorative yoga, helping you experience a deeper level of stretch, release and relaxation.
During restorative yoga, bolsters can be placed under certain parts of your body, or against a wall. This helps you deepen your stretch, as well as enhance the releasing and relaxing benefits.
Yet yoga bolsters are also a fantastic tool in many other areas, such as;
Here are 5 examples of how you can use your yoga bolster to help deepen your yoga experience:
Supta Virasana - Supported Backbend
Balasana - Childs pose
Upavista Konasana - Wide seated forward bend
Viparita Karani - Legs to wall pose
Matsyanana - Supported fish variation
About the Author:
Hannah is an Australian born writer who specializes in Fitness, Nutrition, & Spirituality. She holds a degree in social science, a diploma in Health Science and a diploma in Yogic Studies and Teaching. Hannah is certified yoga instructor and personal trainer with over 10 years experience .
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