Restorative Yoga is a form of “power yoga.” No, it doesn’t look anything like what we usually call “Power Yoga,” but it’s nonetheless a powerful practice. Yoga is defined by the Yoga Sutras as “the settling of the mind into silence.” This is exactly what Restorative Yoga can do. When our bodies are supported, we don’t have to create effort. This means we can stay in poses for a longer period of time. The longer period of time, coupled with the ease of being supported, allows our minds to quiet. Plus, instead of spending energy, we begin to accrue energy.
Restorative practice does require some tools. Total support means a fair number of props. In addition to your yoga mat, here are some props that will make your practice more comfortable:
- Yoga Bolster: Standard, Round or Junior – Here’s a post on how to choose the right bolster for your practice.
- Yoga Blankets: Have at least two, if not more, on hand.
- Yoga Blocks: Two blocks should do it. Here’s how to choose the best blocks for your practice.
- Yoga Strap: I’d go with an 8-foot or 10-foot strap. These lengths are the most versatile.
- Eyebag: The finishing touch. Read this post for more info.
This may seem like a lot. But first, these props are useful in your regular asana practice as well. Second, Hugger Mugger’s props are made to last. You’ll be able to use these props for many years to come. Think of it as a long-term investment—in your own health and well-being.
How to Use Your Yoga Bolsters
The photo at the top of this post shows just one way to use each of the different bolster types. We’ll start on the left.
Round Yoga Bolster: Round yoga bolsters are ideal for supporting your legs in Savasana. The round profile creates a gentle slope that supports your thighs and calves. Here’s another great pose that uses a Round bolster.
Junior Yoga Bolster: Junior yoga bolsters are slightly narrower than Standard bolsters. So if you want to lie on a bolster for chest-expansion, to counter “computer hunch,” a Junior bolster is really effective. This post offers some more uses for Junior bolsters.
Standard Yoga Bolster: The classic. The Standard bolster, with its flat surface, is the most versatile of the bunch. Much of Restorative Yoga practice has been developed around this design. The flat surface lends stability and overall support. The photo shows Supta Baddhakonasana with the bolster on a slant. Hugger Mugger’s bolsters are firm enough to support with a block without collapsing. Its uses are many. Look in the “Yoga & Meditation Products” section of this blog for more ideas.
All of Hugger Mugger’s yoga bolsters are handmade in our Salt Lake City-based manufacturing facility. After more than 30 years of manufacturing bolsters, Hugger Mugger has developed the perfect formula that balances firmness and softness.