In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. The postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of bolsters, blankets, and blocks to eliminate unnecessary straining. Supporting the body with props is meant to promote a deeper state of relaxation.
Restorative classes are very relaxing and are a good complement to more active practices. We have an abundant supply of props for students to use during their practice. The lights may be dimmed and if it is cool, you may prefer to be covered with a blanket since you will not be warming up the body the way you would be in a regular class. After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period. Although you are supported, you will definitely still feel the stretch. It’s a relaxing style of practice that leaves you feeling open and refreshed.