Restorative & Yin
RESTORATIVE YOGA - All level
A gentle, healing practice which includes a soft sequence of yoga poses designed to reduce stress and gently open the body. Breathing techniques, meditation, and gentle stretching postures are performed while sitting, kneeling, or reclining on your mat, allowing gravity and relaxation to open the body as opposed to muscular force.
The main principle of this style of practice is to initiate the relaxation response, thus allowing for a multitude of health and well-being benefits to the practitioner. Once the body becomes accustomed to initiating the relaxation response on the mat, we can begin to tap into it when needed off the mat.
This style of practice is wonderful on it's own, or to complement a more rigorous practice. Suitable for ALL LEVELS, including Beginners to yoga and Prenatal students.
YIN FLOW - All level
Yin yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we refer to as the yang tissues). Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that are not normally exercised in more active styles of asana practice. In this class, the students will enjoy the simplicity of a nurturing, gentle flow with the blissful release of yin. Many postures will be supportive, relaxing, and held for longer duration. The vinyasa will be light (non-muscle resistance). Suitable for almost all levels of students. Yin yoga generally (though not limited to) the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
Please note: While they have similar qualities, Yin yoga is NOT Restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are injured in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice. Opt for a more Restorative practice (See above).