What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga focuses on strengthening and lengthening the muscles and connective tissues of the body. It targets fascial networks of the body, bones, joints and ligaments. By holding each yoga pose for three to five minutes, a number of benefits are achieved including improved joint mobility and posture, and increased strength and flexibility. Yin yoga also reduces pain and releases trauma in the body.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a passive and meditative practice. Without using active stretching, Restorative yoga is designed to release areas of tension within the body. Props such as straps, blocks, bolsters, sandbags and blankets are used to support your body into passive poses, which allows the release of tension and stress.
What is Yin/Restorative Yoga?
Both practices are similar in that they are meditative and slow and use long holds to achieve benefits. By combining the active aspects of Yin yoga with the passive aspects of Restorative yoga, you get the benefits from both practices - actively stretching and strengthening and passively releasing tension and restriction in the body. This combination of Yin and Restorative is a great form of recovery from high-intensity training and sports and can improve your performance in these areas.
What are the Benefits of Yin/Restorative Yoga?
Reduces stress and anxiety
Releases stress and tension
Creates calmness in the body and mind
Allows for self exploration and self work
Removes restrictions in the body and removes blockages in the myofascial meridians
Keeps joints mobile and healthy; increases flexibility and strength
Improves posture and increases circulation
Releases trauma stored in tissues in the body
Reduces anxiety and stress
Improves the flow of energy in the body
Is Yin/Restorative Yoga Right for You? Questions to ask yourself:
Is your lifestyle very busy? Do you find it difficult to find time for yourself?
Do you have issues dealing with pain or have you lost mobility?
Do you spend most of your day sitting at a desk or elsewhere?
Do you have too much energy and feel over-stimulated?
Do you have high levels of stress and anxiety from life and/or work?
Do you find it difficult to unwind after work?
Are you holding onto negative thoughts from the past that impact you negatively?
Private Yoga Sessions
You may be interested in booking a private session if:
You are looking to deepen your practice with the guidance and close attention of an experienced instructor
You have an injury that prevents you from attending a regular classes
You are new to yoga, and would like close individual attention to learn basics in a safe and supportive environment