Restorative Yoga is the practice of active relaxation, of being more than doing. Because the body and the mind are connected, to reduce stress in the mind one must first relax the body. By allowing the body to be physically supported by the use of props, such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks the mind is free to quiet down and achieve a deeper sense of stillness and peace. All poses are adaptations of traditional floor (supine) poses and are held for 5 to 15 minutes per pose, therefore usually 5-7 poses are practiced during class. In addition to the props, breath awareness, or pranayama, is used to relax the muscles, open the hips, shoulders, chest, and back. Other benefits include released muscle tension, reduced fatigue, improved sleep and lowered blood pressure and heart rate. The practice of Restorative Yoga also creates a great sense of well-being and cultivates mindfulness.