Best Yoga Bolster and Reading Blanket

Yoga Blanket Repurposed by a Lazy Yogi

It wasn't yoga I was thinking of using this blanket for. No, my thought was that this teal wool blanket would keep me warm and toasty while I curled up on the couch with a good book. I already have a nice fleece throw blanket but it is not quite big enough for full coverage, even on the couch.

Note: My blanket is about the same color as the background on this page. The color shown in Amazon's pic is kind of dull compared to the real thing.

As winter comes to an end, I can happily report that this blanket did its couch duty very well. But it also kept me warm and cozy as a third layer on my bed on some really cold winter nights. It is the perfect size for one person to snuggle up on the couch but it also fits a twin sized bed pretty well.

Technically, it is 75% wool and 25% synthetic fibers, but according to the label, it is made from 100% recycled fibers, which is a nice point in itself.

Here are some of the warm beverages that I've enjoyed while wrapped in this blanket.

Dual Purpose: Yoga Bolster and Blanket in One

A bolster pillow often costs $50 or $60 which is kind of pricey unless you do restorative poses several times a week. This blanket is a much more affordable solution.

I do practice yoga at home pretty often so as winter turns to spring, I will finally start using this blanket for its bolstering capacity instead of my couch potato habit.

One Caveat: It Has A Pill Problem

I guess since it is made with natural fibers, this blanket does pill quite a bit when new. The first few weeks that I used it, it would leave little teal balls of fiber on the couch and on my clothes. This wasn't a major problem since my jammies don't have to look pristine. But it got irritating to see the little furballs scattered around my apartment.

I figured a roll in the dryer would pull off some of the excess fiber. But to make that effective, I had to wash it too. The label says dry cleaning is the preferred option but machine washing in cold water is allowed too. I dried it in the machine on low heat and air dried it by draping it over a railing. When I checked the lint tray in the dryer I found a thick layer of of teal-colored lint!

Manduka Lightweight and Supportive Rectangular Yoga Bolster
Manduka Lightweight and Supportive Rectangular Yoga Bolster

This is the kind of yoga bolster pillow you will often see at a yoga studio.

 
Manduka Cotton Yoga Strap
Manduka Cotton Yoga Strap

Straps are used in restorative yoga poses to keep your arms or legs from collapsing too much.

 
Manduka Cork Block
Manduka Cork Block

Blocks are sometimes used to ease strain in sitting or reclining positions.

 

Here is one example of how a blanket is folded for yoga practice.

The blanket used here is a little smaller than the Manduka brand review here. This video shows you how to fold a yoga blanket for restorative poses.

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What are your favorite couch potato accessories? 15 comments

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Merrci 9 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on Review of the Day! It looks like a great choice. I totally agree the fleece ones are just a little too small!


tonyleather 9 months ago

Sounds like a great buy!


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Faye Rutledge 9 months ago from Concord VA Level 4 Commenter

Great review. Congratulations! There's nothing better than a nice warm blanket to snuggle up in on a cold winter's day!


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Sara2901 9 months ago

I love a warm blanket to cuddle up when watching a movie. Great review, enjoyed it. Thanks.


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Zeross4 9 months ago

Great review, congratulations as well! My favorite couch potato accessory would have to be soft blankets as well. I love to snuggle up in a warm blanket when watching a good movie!


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shay-marie 9 months ago from Southern California Level 2 Commenter

A Manduka Yoga Mat was the nicest one I've ever used. It's a great brand.


VidhiK 9 months ago

Great review !


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Vickie Moses 9 months ago

I use lots of pillows. But, I think I might try that Manduka blanket. Wonderful review!


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TerriCarr 9 months ago Hub Author

@Vickie Moses: Well thank you!


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DebMartin 9 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Love, love, love a good warm wool in the middle of winter. Especially with a good book and a cup of cocoa.


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TerriCarr 9 months ago Hub Author

@DebMartin: Me too! Guess I could review some nice healthy cocoa mixes and link the two lenses!!! Thanks for a great idea....not that I think I will do it very soon. I can link to my list of coffee alternatives though...it is mainly a list of teas.


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DeborahDian 9 months ago from Orange County, California Level 5 Commenter

I love to curl up with a blanket ... and this one seems like a good choice!


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esmonaco 9 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 6 Commenter

Looks like a great choice, I always need something to keep me warm on those cold winter nights!!! Thanks


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Mickie Gee 8 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I have a fleece blanket that gets lots of use. Like the blanket you mentioned earlier, it is not a big blanket and sometimes cold air gets under the edges. I love doing yoga, so I appreciate the video you have shared on how to use a bolster.


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ecogranny 8 months ago from San Francisco Level 7 Commenter

That looks so comfy, and without all the toxic fumes of the common yoga mats we see today. I love that it is made entirely of recycled fibers, and that it can be used for other things as well. Thank you.

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