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What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor and the majority of postures equal only about three dozen or so, much less than the more popular yang like practices. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body.

It is not uncommon to see postures held for three to five minutes, even 20 minutes at a time. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation, and I often talk students through the postures as if they were trying to meditate. While in a Yin class you might notice similar postures to a yang class except they are called something else, on a basic level this is to help the students mind shift form yang to yin, active to passive.

by Hope Svara

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is something completely different. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.

During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.

By Ann Pizer


Yin Yoga will assist you in gently opening your body to improve your flexibility. The practice encourages you to let go of any destination and just ‘be’ in the pose, finding stillness and deeper relaxation. It is a form of yoga that works on stretching the body’s connective tissue in the pelvis, hips and spine.

Our Restorative portion will incorporate blankets, bolsters and blocks to assist you to relax and decompress. This practice is accessible to all levels.+


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yin yoga, restorative yoga, yoga, Jennifer Claudio, Essential Yoga School, 200 hour yoga teacher training.