Restorative postures, which are often supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters, and other props, are designed to maximize comfort and allow practitioners to fully let go, which is why they are typically held longer—about 5 to 20 minutes. They are also arranged with the head below or near the same level as the heart, which helps to stimulate reflexes that quiet the brain and heart. To many frazzled Western yogis, minimizing effort can feel counterintuitive, but there are real benefits to what may seem like doing very little.
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