THE FOLLOWING POSES USE PROPS—such
as blankets, bolsters, and blocks—so that you don’t need to exert any muscular effort. During this practice, it’s important to let go of any stretching or strengthening goals you may have. Try these poses all at once or individually, at any time of the day. Enjoy them after a mindful movement practice if you wish. If you are new to restorative yoga, stay in each pose for 3–10 minutes, and come out when you feel you’ve had enough. As you become familiar with the poses and the practice of deep relaxation, you can extend to 10–20 minutes per pose. Stay still with the variety of sensations, thoughts, and emotions that may arise. Each pose is accompanied by journal prompts that will help you transition back into your day with purpose and poise.