Both forms are slow paced and for all levels of fitness, so is there really much of a difference between Yin and Restorative yoga? Read on to find out….
Differences of Yin & Restorative:
Since I will be teaching both of these styles of yoga I thought it would be great to point out the difference between the two styles of relaxing and yet what can be a challenging yoga session. I was about to write about these two styles, however I then came across a great article written by Jaqueline Buchanan from DoYouYoga. And well, why re-invent the wheel? Read on for Jaqueline’s very informative article:
Both Yin and Restorative forms of yoga asana are slow-paced. They enable you to move slowly and focus on maybe 10 different poses for the entire 90 minute class. Both forms of practice calm the mind and nervous system, enable you to turn inward, and focus on the breath.
They’re both gentle and suitable for all levels – from total newbies, to experienced practitioners, to recovering athletes and seniors. They’re both a lovely way to reconnect with your spirit within – when we slow down physically, we have more space to devote internally.
So if they’re both good for you, gentle, and cultivate an inner awareness aren’t they interchangeable?
So what makes Restorative stand out from your regular practice? Restorative yoga helps an unhealthy body, or an injured body, restore itself back to normal, back to healthy, back to uninjured.
While Restorative yoga focuses on restoring bodies with particular ailments, Yin yoga works deep into the connective tissues to activate change at that deepest level. Close to the bone, baby.
With passive (rather than active or yang) postures, it challenges you to find peace in what may be a slightly uncomfortable position and hold that position for 3 to 5 minutes, or even longer for some poses. Mostly on the floor, the postures work into the energy flows, or meridians, of the body
What Makes both styles great?
Yin is a fantastic way to increase or maintain flexibility as it focuses on the areas around the joints. You’ll immediately notice more open hips, buttery muscles and a major mind detox. In the long run, it will lubricate joints, release the fascia of the body, increase flexibility and positively affect your yang practice.
My favorite aspect of both of these styles of yoga is they teach you to feel. Rather than rushing through asanas from breath to breath, Restorative and Yin yoga both cultivate a powerful inner awareness.
On the superficial level, you learn to feel how the slightest, most subtle movement changes the asana completely. On a deeper level, emotions surface that you usually suppress. You learn how to sit with difficult or painful emotions that arise and work through them – the same way you physically work with a difficult posture — adjust as needed, sit with it, breathe through it, send it Prana, and smile.
In a Nutshell: Restorative yoga heals a body in need of healing. Yin yoga activates change at a very deep level in an already healthy body to increase performance.
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