A slow-moving style of yoga designed to promote relaxation
What it is
In restorative yoga classes, students use a variety of body-supporting props — blankets, blocks, straps and pillows — so they can settle into poses for an extended time. Holding poses for as long as 10 minutes allows the muscles to open and stretch in a passive way.
What to expect
Classes offer slow movement, help with getting props in place, long holds in fewer poses done on the mat and a total relaxation mind-set.
Everyone. Yogis of all levels find restorative yoga a great complement to more active classes and other forms of exercise — plus, it’s an effective stress reliever. Older yogis and newcomers can follow the simple postures easily, yet the poses offer enough benefit so participants feel refreshed.
Don’t worry if you get so relaxed that you fall asleep in a pose. It happens all the time.
FREE YOGA LESSON: It’s never too late to start your yoga practice. Join AARP Features Director Lorrie Lynch, who is a certified yoga instructor, for a free lesson geared toward beginners in their 70s and older. She will walk you through some basic poses while explaining how each pose benefits your mind, body and spirit. Namaste!