Restorative Yoga Pose Library

This pose library is provided for you as a guide to for getting to know and getting comfortable in restorative poses.

There are 5 major triggers for the parasympathetic nervous system: darkness, weight, support, stillness, and quiet. If any of these don’t assist in bringing you to a relaxed state, for example, you’re claustrophobic so weight on the pelvis does not bring ease, then remove them. Or if silence is overwhelming for you at this time, then put on a meditation to help guide you into relaxation. Adding an eye pillow or a scarf over the eyes aids with darkness.

The goal is to support as many joints in the body as possible – neck, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows etc. Thus we need many props to make this happen! Check out Fertile Body Yoga’s prop recommendation page for the Best Yoga Props.

Props you will need: 

1 or 2 Bolsters (or sofa cushions, firm pillows) 
2 Blocks (large books, large tin cans)
2+ Yoga Blankets (towels are a great substitute)
1 Yoga Mat (optional, but nice so your props don’t slip around)

All photos by Kerry Hinds – do not reproduce without permission

For more in depth information – check out Judith Hanson-Lasater’s book – Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times.