There is nothing on this planet that will revitalize your mind and body quite like a restorative yoga class. Usually consisting of between 6 to 10 poses only, one hour long session of restorative yoga is better for your mind than a nap!
If you’re new to the yoga world, restorative yoga is basically an hour of intense relaxation. Yes, you’re still asking your body to twist and bend, but every movement is gentle.
In a restorative yoga class, each pose is held for about 5 minutes or longer depending on the length of the class and the instructor. My favorite part about this type of class…you use props to stay in the pose.
Restorative yoga requires very little physical effort, but the mental benefits are astounding. It’s really a time to access your breath and step away from the stressors of daily life.
One of the most common props you will see in a restorative class is the yoga bolster.
A yoga bolster is kind of like a really firm body pillow, only shorter and not as wide. You will find that bolsters are often utilized in prenatal yoga as well as restorative.
When I was in my third trimester with both of my kids, my yoga bolster (this beauty from Hugger Mugger) was my best friend. I would lay on it often, just while watching television or writing, to relieve that pesky low back pain that comes with pregnancy.
Bolsters can be rectangular (like a body pillow) or circular. They are meant to hold you in a pose, such as a backbend, without you putting in a ridiculous amount of effort and messing with your restorative mindset. This allows you to focus on your breath, revitalizing your organs and your mind.