What are the differences between restorative yoga and yin yoga?

What are the differences between restorative yoga and yin yoga?

It makes sense that restorative yoga and yin yoga are sometimes confused with one another. These two practices are similar in many ways. They’re both slow, receptive, calming, cooling, and oftentimes, they both emphasize contemplative teachings.

These two practices do have some essential differences though. I often get asked how these two forms of yoga are different from each other, so watch the video and read the post to learn more:

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Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Using the wall is a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, or if you’re looking for a very gentle practice. Using the wall is also helpful if you or your students have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.

Parts of this practice could be considered more “restorative” due to the very supported nature of the poses. But if you’re feeling a “stretch”, or feeling gentle pressure in the body, that means you’re still activating the connective tissues which is a central tenant in the yin yoga style of practice.

In any case, you can use this practice to slow down and calm the nervous system, or to support tired legs and feet. Check out the video to practice along:

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Yoga Posture Basics : Reclined Bound Angle / Supported Butterfly Pose

Yoga Posture Basics : Reclined Bound Angle / Supported Butterfly Pose

This posture is a wonderful pose to integrate into your practice due to its restorative and restful effect on the body. Take your time to set it up, and enjoy!

Reclined bound angle posture (supported butterfly pose) helps to open the chest, lungs, heart, abdomen, and pelvis. Its one of the best postures we have for women during the menstrual cycle and helps to alleviate the effects of stress on the body.

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The Body is a Spiral

The Body is a Spiral

In his book Thomas Myers outlines what he calls "the spiral line" as a continuous fascial band that runs from the side of the skull criss crossing around the body down to the arch of the foot. For the purposes of this post we'll focus on the upper section of the spiral line, in particular looking at the band of tissue that wraps from the shoulders and ribs down to the opposite hip.

Simply speaking, this line is related to spiral and twisting movements. It also helps to stabilize the torso and legs. 

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Master Teacher Interview :: Tias Little

Master Teacher Interview :: Tias Little

I'm really excited to share this interview with you that I did a while back with yoga and meditation teacher Tias Little. This interview has so many gems!Tias and I touch on many topics during our time together. We cover what the "subtle" energetic body is and how we can access it when we practice yoga, some great tips for those just starting on the path of yoga, and Tias shares his thoughts on how yoga teachers can stay in integrity when teaching.

If you're interested in how yoga can help you de-stress, develop finely attuned sensitivity, and give you access to a greater sense of really "being here" this interview is for you. I hope you enjoy! 

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Strengthen Your Core

Strengthen Your Core

Over the last couple of months I've been exploring Thomas Myer's book Anatomy Trains, and the teachings of Tias Little, in a series of posts related to the "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths of the body.

These planes are a wonderful way to understand how movement, including asana (yoga postures), affect the physical structure of the body. In addition, the planes provide a helpful map in understanding how to use body mechanics and movement, therapeutically, to address specific imbalances.  

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Open the Ventral Plane

Open the Ventral Plane

The "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths provide a helpful map when trying to understand how patterns of positive and negative stress relay and transfer through the structures of the body. In previous weeks I explored the lateral plane and the dorsal plane. Follow along in an exploration of the ventral plane below.

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Release the Back Body

Release the Back Body

The "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths provide a helpful map when trying to understand how patterns of positive and negative stress relay and transfer through the structures of the body. 

When studying human structure we often name individual anatomical parts as if they are separate from all other parts. This of course, is not true; everything is deeply connected within the body. One of the ways the body remains connected is through the fascia. The bodies fascia can be extremely dense, and at other times very fine. The stronger qualities of fascia help to maintain structure; its more flexible and fluid nature helps to facilitate organs, bones, and muscles sliding and gliding against one another. In particular, the myo-fascial planes provide a template for the yoga practitioner to understand how patterns of movement (through postures or asana) affect the body. 

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Release the Lateral Sheath

Release the Lateral Sheath

Everything in the body is connected. When studying and speaking of the human body we often name individual anatomical parts as if they are somehow separate from all other parts. This of course is not true; everything is deeply interconnected within the body. One of the ways anatomical structures connect to, and are affected by, one another is through the fascia which wraps and weaves around all structures. In some areas of the body the fascia is light and airy while in other areas it is tough and dense. Its purpose is many fold but the importance of keeping the fascia pliable and adaptable cannot be overlooked.

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