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The classic, rich patterns of ikat cloth inspired Horizon Ikat Oval Yoga Bolster's print. A coveted commodity along Asia’s great Silk Road, the skill and time required to dye and weave ikat is so revered in some cultures it’s believed the cloth is imbued with magical powers. If you’re ever at Lotsa Temple in Alchi in Ladakh, look for ikat patterns painted on the ceilings. Hand block printed in beautiful blue by master artisans in India, this chattra beauty is finished with illuminating orange, a color significant in Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh faiths, and festooned with a colorful tassel like those seen on the camels of Rajasthan’s great Thar Desert. 100% cotton cover, liner and firm cotton fill. So lovely your practice will be inspired.
-torso and head support when sinking into restorative, resting, hip and spine releasing balasana
-spine & head support plus heart opening in restorative baddha konasana
-under the knees in savasana and baddha konasana for lower back relief and in butterfly to ease and relax groin extension
-hip lift in viparita karani inversion, improving blood flow to assist digestion and relieve tired or swollen feet and legs
-along the legs when folding into supported paschimottanasana for organ massage, hamstring & calf stretching, spine lengthening and lower back release
-under the knee/calf in supported savasana twist to rotate the spine, massage digestive organs, reduce back pain
-upper back or torso support for heart opening and chest expansion in savasana
-under hands and forearms when prone in active restorative bhujangasana, stretching the chest and spine, toning buttocks, soothing sciatica, opening the heart and lungs
-pelvic tilt and spine alignment for enhanced prana flow in seated lotus and virasana
-under the forehead in down dog, balasana, eka pada rajakapotasana for neck release and resting head support
-under the upper thigh or hip in eka pada rajakapotasana for glute, groin & psoas stretching, organ stimulating, and deep fold lift & support
Block printing is a multi-step process requiring skill and patience. This textile technique is believed to have originated in India, and is traditionally passed from one generation to the next. Master carvers trace a design motif onto a wood block then tap the design into the wood to guide chiseling a relief pattern. Fabric is pre-washed then pinned in place on a long printing table. An ink master mixes color and skilled printers block print ink to cloth, slowly and meticulously repeating the process along the fabric length to create beautiful, unique textiles. The printed fabric is then heated to set and bond ink, followed by washing and pressing before cutting and stitching. Imperfections including ink density and block alignment are characteristic of this ancient printing method.
details & care
-24”L x 12”W x 6”H
-100% cotton cover and liner
-zip closure & carry handle
-outer cover machine wash cold, line dry
-inner cover spot clean
-covers & tassel made in India
-USA grown cotton fill
-hand finished on order, ships via UPS ground