It's safe to say that if you decide to try a restorative class, you shouldn't expect a fast-paced sweaty environment. By nature, restorative sequences are slow paced without
any dramatic movement on the yoga mat. Don't expect to build a sweat!
Although the classes are slow moving, sometimes these classes can present quite a challenge. Many yoga students may find it difficult to find stillness both on the mat and
within their daily lives. While in class, students should be prepared for the challenge of clearing the mind and focusing on breath rather than movement.
During class, the lights may be dimmed and soft music may be played to help stimulate relaxation.
Restorative poses are held for much longer periods of time as compared to typical yoga poses during flow based yoga classes. Typically, restorative postures can be held for
3 to 5 minutes or even longer depending on the instructor. Because poses are held for longer periods, virtually every restorative class will make use of yoga props. Yoga props
make it easier and less stressful on the body to hold postures for longer periods of time, therefore allowing the body and mind to restore, relax and renew.
Some props you may encounter in class include yoga blocks, straps, pillows, bolsters, and blankets. These props will greatly aid you in achieving the feeling of being fully
supported while on your mat.
Restorative classes are generally longer in length and can last up to a couple of hours in some cases.