Restorative yoga poses can be called "active relaxation." By supporting the body with props, and resting in the poses, we both stimulate and relax the body to move into balance, creating specific physiological responses, which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress, illness or injury.
The calmness of the practice helps to enhance the immune system, balance the nervous system, and optimize energy flow to the organs, while lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
Restorative yoga helps you understand the effect of the yoga poses more thoroughly, allowing you to clearly see where you hold habitual tension. This enhances your general knowledge of yoga, which supports you when you do a more vigorous yoga practice.