In restorative yoga, we use a variety of yoga props. Yoga bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, & eye pillows to name a few. However, the great thing is you don't have to fancy yoga props. You can easily use pillows, cushions from the couch, washcloths, and more. The props are used to support your body. We can do a variety poses in a more supportive way by utilizing props. When setting up your pose use as many props as you can to help ease yourself into relaxation. This is what restorative yoga is. It's using props to fully support the body. So, even if you have never taken a restorative yoga class, try lying in savasana with a blanket behind the head and a blanket under the knees. Cover your body and rest for 20 minutes. Allow the body to rest. Take the time to allow your parasympathetic nervous system the needed rest it needs. This system basically undoes what a stressful situation has done to the body. The parasympathetic nervous system decreases respirations and heart rate. So, I encourage you to use as many props as possible to relax.
Let me know which yoga props are your favorite in restorative yoga.