What Is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is practiced in many of the yoga traditions experienced in the United States. One teacher in particular, Judith Hansen Lasater, has carefully studied the physiology of the body in developing a supported restorative practice that is taught around the world. Based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, this practice employs asanas (poses) that are carefully supported using props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, etc.) to allow the body to fully relax. Typically, asanas practiced in a restorative yoga class will be held for up to 20 minutes.
This is a wonderful way to allow the body to release tension and allow injury to heal. In this way, the body, mind and spirit are rejuvenated in a way that can be more effective than sleep alone.