The placement of pillows and blankets, with the head below or near the same level as the heart, helps to stimulate reflexes that quiet the brain and heart. This allows the body to rest and there are real benefits to what may seem like doing very little.
Yoga has long been shown to decrease the stress hormone cortisol, which, in elevated levels, is associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease and can help depression and chronic fatigue.
Restorative yoga is in fact better than sleep for releasing tense muscles, relieving joint aches, and transitioning the mind and body quickly from stress to calm. It also teaches conscious control of relaxation. Sleep is essential for completing the job of full recovery of the nervous system, sorting out memories and emotions, and literally finding meaning in our lives.” In addition to an immediate calming effect regular restorative practitioners also notice improved powers of attention and concentration.
When the body is deeply relaxed and the nervous system is balanced, the mind is able to engage in our direct experience. This relaxing mindfulness can bring real change. The vibrations of the Didgeridoo help to focus and train the mind to let go and produces a calming state.