A One-Strap Restorative Yoga Sequence for Self-Care

No bolsters, blankets, and blocks? No problem. This simple restorative yoga practice uses just one strap to help you drop into bliss.
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If you’ve ever taken a restorative yoga class, you know it can be magical. Talk about a simple practice of self-care! Restorative yoga stimulates your rest-and-digest response—the opposite of the highly-stressed, fight-or-flight state in which you likely spend too much time—slows your heart rate and breath, and inspires a feeling of deep relaxation.

Yet practicing restorative yoga at home can be daunting if you don’t have multiple bolsters, blankets, blocks, and other yoga props. (And if you’re a teacher, a studio’s lack of props can prevent you from teaching some deeply restorative poses that you might otherwise like to incorporate into your classes.) That’s why I created this restorative yoga sequence, which uses just one simple prop: a strap.

The use of props in a restorative yoga practice makes the practice significantly more effective. Even more importantly, props make the postures much more enjoyable to comfortably sustain. The right props empower you to completely surrender and relax into the shapes.

In this restorative sequence, use the strap to find the most comfortable and relaxing expressions of each posture, and notice how you’re able to soften muscular control and surrender to the magic of the relaxation response.

See also 4 Must-Try Restorative Poses—& How to Get the Most Support from Your Props

Need Some Self-Care? Try This 75-Minute One-Strap Restorative Yoga Sequence

For this sequence, make sure you’re using a strap that’s 8- to 10-feet long. Other than your strap, you will need your yoga mat and a calm, quiet, relaxing environment.

About the Author
Leah is a Yoga Alliance-certified teacher with over 1,500 hours of teaching experience. Learn more at leahsugerman.com.