Yoga cushions are a necessity for anyone who practices yoga. They are also great for anyone who has back problems, or wants to sit in comfort while meditating, reading, or working at a computer.
Yoga cushions come in many shapes, sizes and materials. The most popular are the crescent shaped bolster cushions that can be used by themselves or with other props such as blocks or blankets to support the body in a variety of poses.
Cushions can be made of many different materials including foam rubber and memory foam. Foam rubber is inexpensive but not very durable. Memory foam is more expensive but will last longer than foam rubber.
The most common shapes are rectangular, round or crescent shaped but you can find other shapes as well such as heart shaped or square shaped cushions that have no backrest but still provide support for your neck and lower back when sitting on the floor .
Cushions are used as props in yoga to support the body while doing various poses. They can be placed under the sit bones or lower back to give support and alignment, or placed behind the knees for a gentle forward bend.
Choosing The Right Yoga Cushion
The best coussin yoga for you will depend on what you plan to use it for, but here are some general guidelines:
Take into consideration how long you’ll be sitting on it. If you’re going to be meditating or doing gentle stretching, then a thin cushion will be fine. If you’re going to be practicing more active poses like warrior II or downward facing dog, then a thicker one is better.
Consider the firmness of the cushion. The firmer it is, the more support it will provide when you need it most — during poses that require balance and strength. The softer ones are great if your joints are sensitive or painful. They’ll help relieve pressure on your knees and hips while still supporting your lower back and spine in standing poses like tree pose and triangle pose.
Consider the size of the cushion. A larger cushion will provide more support than a smaller one and is better if you’re tall or have long legs. If you’re shorter, then consider getting a smaller cushion.
If you’re just starting out with yoga and aren’t sure what to look for, then a basic foam cushion is probably your best bet. It’s affordable and will provide enough support to help you get through your first few classes without feeling like a failure. You can always upgrade later if you decide that yoga is something that you want to do long term.