Alignment-Based Yoga is known for the use of props (straps, blocks, blankets, etc.) with an emphasis on precise alignment. These classes are slower paced, and poses are generally held for a longer period than in Hatha or Flow classes. Because there are many variations of any given pose, Alignment-Based Yoga is equally appropriate for beginning students, people recovering from injuries, as well as more experienced practitioners.
Restorative Yoga focuses on a series of passive poses, where the body can open gently supported by bolsters and blankets. Students are guided in gentle breathing awareness during the beginning of each pose, so they can release tension in the body and bring greater awareness and more relaxed breathing into different areas to find deep rest.