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