Restorative Yoga consists of restful poses that promote deep relaxation of the body for the purpose of physical and emotional healing. With the use of props, students hold poses for long periods of time, allowing the nervous system to relax and the musculoskeletal system to reorganize. Numerous studies have shown the healing benefits of Restorative Yoga, and it is often used for rehabilitation after injury or trauma.
What to expect
Restorative Yoga classes use props such as blocks, blankets, and straps to enable students to fully relax into each pose. Poses are held for long periods of time to encourage a deeply restful, meditative state in both body and mind. Restorative Yoga is frequently practiced before bedtime to promote optimal sleep.
Innovative yoga teacher and writer Judith Hanson Lasater helped to popularize Restorative Yoga, drawing on her studies under yoga master BKS Iyengar.