During our 200h Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training (Vinyasa|Yin) we cover Yin Yoga thoroughly, but today the spotlight is on Restorative Yoga.
Although both are slow paced practices, they are very different! Here is a brief overview of Restorative Yoga and the main differences with Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training.
Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, Restorative Yoga allows students to practice without any strain or pain. This style of yoga is known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect; ideal for those recovering from injuries or illnesses.
The intention is to relax into the postures, using as little physical effort as possible. Focusing on the breath in order to release tension from the body.
Restorative yoga classes are relaxing and slow paced. The whole sequence is made up of only five or six postures which are held for long periods of time. Many props (bolsters, blankets, blocks and belts) are used to allow the body to be fully supported and comfortable. Gentle music combined with guided meditation helps to hold the space while the students are holding the postures.
A restorative yoga sequence is made up of usually only about five or six poses, mostly on the floor. All poses are held for 5-10 minutes with the support of props that allow you to completely relax into the stretch.
In Restorative yoga, the focus is to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. As we trigger the relax response, it allows us to slow down the heart rate, regulate the blood pressure, boost the immune system and accelerate the body’s natural healing process; making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from stress-related conditions, such as anxiety, insomnia, headaches. ect.
As part of our yin teacher training, we find it important to clarify the differences between Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga
These yin yoga teacher certification practices are similar in the sense that they are slow, meditative practices focused on long holds. So how do they differ?
- Stretch: In yin yoga, there is an active stretch but in restorative yoga, the stretch is completely passive as the body is fully supported.
- Focus: In yin yoga, the focus is on stretching your connective tissues but in restorative yoga, the focus is on the breath, allowing a passive release of mind-body tension.
- Props: In yin yoga, props are used to deepen or soften the stretch. In restorative yoga, props are used to completely support the body, using many more props, which include: straps, blankets, blocks, sandbags and bolsters.
- Poses: Yin yoga poses are held for 3-5 minutes, while restorative yoga poses are held for 5-10 minutes.
Inner Yoga Blog 6
January 28, 2021