Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, Yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga practice. It is a receptive practice, not an active practice. Unlike the more active styles of yoga where poses flow into each other, in Restorative yoga poses are held from five to as long as twenty minutes. During this time you are held in “shapes” while being supported with bolsters, blocks and blankets. Comfort and ease in the poses is essential. The poses emulate the forms of more active poses found in Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Iyengar. Restorative yoga provides gentle backbends, forward bends, twists and supported inversions to relax, open and restore muscles, glands, organs, tendons, ligaments, and especially the mind. Restorative yoga reminds us of the necessity to take time to relax and receive, and the practice emphasizes the philosophy that we are not human “doings” we are human beings.