Let’s make it clear – Physically they are very different. How? Let’s explore these differences.
In yin yoga, the practice targets the connective tissues, such as ligaments, bones and joints. Because of the stillness and time spent in the poses, the practice can be challenging and empowering on a physical, mental and emotional level. Yin also focuses on opening the meridians or internal energetic pathways of the body.
Restorative yoga on the other hand, focuses on muscle relaxation. It is a calming and gentle style of yoga that uses props (bolsters, blocks and blankets) to fully support the body. This healing yoga practice restores energy in the body, releases long-held tension, and facilitates stillness and calm. Some yogis refer to restorative yoga as the dessert of a buffet. Hang and I like to call it ‘hidden meditation’. as it allows the body and mind to rest
WE NEED BOTH PRACTICES FOR OUR BUSY LIVES
Both restorative yoga and yin yoga are beautiful practices and much needed in our busy lives. I teach both practices regularly, offering 2 weekly restorative classes in Golden, and once per month Yin class in lieu of my Hatha classes. Students love the variety these classes offer.