The Power of Time: Yin and Restorative Yoga

Posted By Leslie Abram on May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Take your time and get to know yourself with Yin and Restorative Yoga Practice.

If you are very busy and active in your mind and in your body, Yin or Restorative Yoga may be just what you need to begin to strike a much needed balance in your life.   The added time in each pose is what makes the difference.

Yin and Restorative Yoga will provide us with ample periods of stillness during which we can start to pay attention to what is happening .  Paying attention to the fluctuations of breath, noticing the sensations changing in the physical body, tracking the changing feelings in the emotional body, and noticing our thoughts are all part of yoga. Withhold judgement. Don’t worry if you “look right.”  If you are feeling it, you are doing the pose the way that is right for you.

Yin Yoga is specifically designed to allow us to regain mobility and space in the joints. Thirty percent of our muscle tissue is made up of fascia- it is the fascia within our muscles that governs the muscles range of motion, while the muscle cells govern our strength. Fascia takes a lot longer to stretch and release- it needs time. Yin poses are held from 3 to 5 minutes which allows for this time for the fascia to lengthen.

Yin is therapeutic for athletes who can become chronically tight.   It is also great for anyone who sits a lot in their job, as it focuses on the hips and legs which can become very tight as we sit.    The flexibility and focus we gain in Yin practice can really enhance our more active Hatha and Vinyasa flow practices as well. Yin requires the strength of our body to hold us in the poses, and the strength of our minds to keep us there.   Releasing from a Yin pose is a very sweet sensation- both energizing and relaxing!   You may walk out to the parking lot after class a bit wobbly, feeling loose in the body, and calm and focused in the mind.

Restorative Yoga is very gentle and supported.   Pillows, blankets, and blocks are used to prop us in the poses, and we hold them from 5 to 10 minutes.   As with Yin, as time goes on in a Restorative pose, we can watch how our body subtly changes with each breath and settles into the pose.  When we release from a pose, we realize we have deeply stretched and created more openness in the body.

Restorative Yoga is a great balance for our busy active lives. It is very gentle, and can be appropriate for people with limited mobility. It can also be the most rejuvenating type of yoga to help release stress in the body and to calm the mind.

Get Yoga offers 4 classes where you can try Yin or Restorative Yoga with four of our wonderful teachers:

Monday 12:00: Yin and Restorative Yoga with Paul
Tuesday 12:00: Hatha/Yin Fusion with Joanne
Wednesday 4:30: Yin Yoga with Joanne
Wednesday 7:00: Restorative Yoga with Brittany

Come on out and discover the power of time, in Yin or Restorative Yoga practice.