YIN / RESTORATIVE
This practice is very meditative; the results effect both the body at the physical level, and the mind from within
In Yin Yoga we practice long, supported holds of yoga poses, at times of between 3-8 minutes. With the assistance of props helping to stabilise the body parts, the release happens. Our connective tissue, especially the fascia, needs some convincing in order to let go and open, and this is why we stay in poses for longer periods of time.
The Restorative practice is slightly more mobile. It includes gentle, detailed movements, completed mainly while lying on the mat with eyes closed, inviting the exploration and understanding how the body operates from within, softening stiffness and increasing mobility. It is the best way to avoid and heal injuries.
A commonality between Yin and Restorative Yoga is the effect on the parasymphatetic nerve system and the subconscious mind. Deep, slow, opening movements encourage the mind to be more quiet and receptive.