Challenging the mind while completely supporting the body in stillness and healing is what a good restorative yoga class is made of. Most western styles of yoga are always moving the body, but in restorative, the only movement during postures is the movement of the breath.
This is a wonderfully healing style of yoga that has much to offer. While the asana is still and breath focused, it differs from yin yoga in that props are an essential aspect of this style. We are never in a shape that is unsupported. Blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters, eye pillows are all common and necessary tools that when properly used allow the ultimate benefit of each posture to sink in. As in yin, postures are held for extended period of time, but with carefully placed support.
A knowledgeable teacher that makes you feel safe and taken care of is vital to a truly restorative yoga class. One on one instruction on a regular basis with this style of yoga can have enormous benefits, as you can focus more on the breathing and meditative bliss while your teacher guides your body and arranges the props for you. This provides a platform for a much deeper experience and can be especially helpful for anyone unfamiliar with this style, who might be uncomfortable going into a class and sorting through a small mountain of props. Either way, I highly recommend this style of yoga on a regular basis!