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!
This is the kind of yoga bolster pillow you will often see at a yoga studio.
Straps are used in restorative yoga poses to keep your arms or legs from collapsing too much.
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.