I started teaching an Iyengar style yoga class this past January. We use a lot of props. Since it is in a community centre, the previous instructor provided all the props, which can add up to a lot of gear, about 4 hockey bags full, and occasionally some folding chairs. Luckily, some of the students bought their own props, so I didn’t need a full set. The bolster is one of the most useful and also most expensive of the props needed. A new yoga bolster is about $60. So here is my version, using what you may already have around the house, and some new fabric. If made from all new materials (from IKEA), the cost is about $30. So your bolster could cost between $0 and $30. Previous, I made my first bolster, stuffed with re-purposed linens (towels, curtains, etc). The stuffing here is similar, but I’ve added a few different covering options.
|The bolster filling|
This time I added a pool noodle in the middle of the bolster, cutting down slightly on the number of towels needed. Here I used a firm blanket and some towels, the whole thing tied together with fabric strips from an old t-shirt. The easiest option is just to use this bolster with no cover.
But to here are 3 options for a cover cover option:
1. Tied Spring roll
Cover Materials: a large piece of fabric, about 1m x 1.5m, it could be a table cloth, sarong type wrap/beach cover up. I used a new piece of cotton canvas fabric. 2 Straps to tie the bolster together.