Yin yoga focuses on slow, passive floor-based postures which slowly draws the mind inwards. Restorative yoga looks to nourish and support the body towards deep relaxation using bolsters and other props. Restorative Yin Yoga is a mix of both! It's a superb partner to a yang lifestyle (busy!) or activities such as active, strong, muscluar yoga or running, weights and so on, and works deeply with the deep muscle and connective tissues of the body to improve your flexibility (muscle) and mobility (bone).
Postures are held for extended periods of time (3-6 minutes) with little or no muscular effort to work deep into the layers of connective tissues. We focus on interoception through the practice - how the body feels from the inside - and during the time of stillness have an opportunity to work deeper (conciously and unconciously) on our physical, energetic and mental states of being. With time, this practice cultivates patience, gratitude and contentment.
It is a stunning, transformative practice which mixes the traditions of yoga, mindfulness practices and Traditional Chinese Medivine to deeply calm the mind, relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety whilst working deeply to restore your body's health. You could look at it as an hour of meditation with added benefits!
This class is suitable for beginners and improvers.