Restorative yoga may have the appearance of being a very passive practice, but it has powerful and wide-ranging benefits. Practicing Restorative yoga can have enormous benefits for both body and mind but when the pace of life is fast, we may find our minds and bodies speed up to match it. Our minds start to race, we can feel overwhelmed, and drained. If we are also drawn to a strong, dynamic yoga practice or other high intensity exercise, then we may get overstimulated. Our nervous systems then take a beating.

Making sure we take some time out to practice Restorative yoga even once a week can help to balance our busy lifestyles and has an enormous capacity to heal stress-related physical and emotional issues. In Restorative yoga class we use props like bolsters, blankets and blocks to completely support the body in poses and we stay there for up to 10 minutes per pose. There is no muscular effort involved so Restorative yoga can also be helpful to try if you are chronically ill or recovering from injury.


  • Deeply relaxes the body
  • Stills a busy mind
  • Releases muscular tension, improving mobility and flexibility
  • Improves capacity for healing and balancing
  • Balances the nervous system
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self.

The beauty of Restorative yoga is that we don’t have to contract our muscles. Though we often believe we have to ‘work’ to increase our flexibility, we can in fact, achieve more opening by softening and relaxing than by forcing our way through a strong, dynamic asana practice.

The key difference is the approach. During a Restorative yoga sequence, we still stretch, but we’re encouraged to relax fully in the stretch with the aid of the props so that we can release tension and focus on the breath. This helps us to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for the rest / digest process), which helps combat that feeling of ‘overdrive’ that we often find ourselves in.

Because our body and minds become softer, this means we can also create the space to get in touch with our natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others and self. Join us in one of our PURE STRETCH classes in studio to experience your own restoration in your yoga practice.