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Is Yin Yoga the same as Restorative Yoga? The answer is – “No!” Restorative Yoga is a very gentle practice that does not try to stress the tissues deeply and does not take the student outside her normal comfort zone. Yin Yoga is simple, but simple does not mean easy: it will challenge the student and will deeply stress the tissues. But the answer is also – “Yes!” Yin Yoga, when applied carefully and conscientiously can apply an appropriate Goldilocks level of stress to damaged tissues and help them recover. The key word is appropriate: how do you know when the stress is appropriate? Short of wearing X-ray glasses and having a portable MRI handy, you cannot be absolutely sure, but what you can do is teach the student how to pay attention to her edge. This is the answer you need to give to the student who shows up unexpectedly at the beginning of your class claiming that Yin Yoga will be good for her severe spinal stenosis: “Pay Attention! Practice mindfully!”

What is Yin Yoga
“…designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia.”
Also Yin to be done correctly, should not involve heat!

What is Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga is used with a completely different goal in mind. It is used to rest and restore the body. Restorative sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more.

While both Yin and Restorative Yoga are slow paced and stress-relieving practices, they are very different. Yin is all about stretching while Restorative Yoga is all about supporting your body allowing it to relax.

We offer regular Restorative Class on Sunday at 5:00PM and Aerial Yoga Restorative on Wednesday at 7:00PM