Both yin and restorative yoga create a profound sense of renewal, relaxation and well-being via a state of conscious stillness. In this restful workshop we will explore aspects of both traditions.
What is the difference between Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is a deeply rejuvenating practice with an emphasis on cultivating a state of active relaxation in stillness rather than looking for a deep sensation of stretch as found in yin yoga. Usually numerous yoga props are used to support the body. Poses are often held between 5-20 minutes each. This combination of active relaxation, opening and deep awareness and connection to the breath provides the body and mind an opportunity to renew and heal.
In Yin Yoga stretches are usually held with relaxed musculature with (or without) props for several minutes to encourage connective tissue or myofascia to release and soften. Yin is a concept found within Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine and as a practice often utilises the modern meridian theory, whereby the meridians used in therapies such as acupuncture can be accessed via connective tissue. The meridians form a network of pathways that transport energy or chi throughout our bodies, not dissimilar to the nadis of the energetic body found in the teachings of yoga. The focus of a Yin practice is primarily to free up the body’s energy and promote a deep sense of well-being.