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Why bolster?

I got some questions about bolsters after the tutorial. What do you do with it? Why do you want one?

There are lots of ways to use them, but the reason I reach for one most often is for sitting. I don’t sit on a couch or a chair in my house any more. That doesn’t mean I want to stand or lie down all the time. It also doesn’t mean that my body is flexible enough to sit comfortably on the floor, or in a way that’s not doing different damage than chair-sitting is.

I can sit cross-legged on the floor just fine, but when I do it’s hard to keep my back in “neutral,” or, with correct lumbar, thoracic, and cervical curvature. Mostly lumbar– if your lower back doesn’t have a lordotic curve, or curve towards your front, you aren’t in neutral. If you’re not in neutral, you’re putting stress on those vertebrae. Sitting on a bolster (or pillow or block or little stool) can help, until your hips have better range of motion, your hamstrings aren’t so tight, etc.

So here are my favorite sitting positions, using my bolsters.

Tailor sit IMG_4348

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IMG_4352How do you use them?

 

 

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