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Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga, what’s the difference?

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

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As we have a NEW Restorative Class starting in Shine in Monday 4th of September, I’ve been asked if it’s the same as our Tuesday evening yin yoga. The short answer is no😁

Restorative yoga and Yin yoga are two distinct styles of yoga, both beautiful and each with its own unique characteristics and benefits.

Many of you have been curious about the distinctions between our beloved Yin Yoga and our upcoming Restorative Yoga class on Monday evenings. Let's explore the magic of both practices! 🧘‍♀️✨

🌼 **Restorative Yoga**:

Imagine sinking into a world of pure serenity and support.

In Restorative Yoga, we embrace deep relaxation with open arms.

The studio becomes a sanctuary of tranquility as props cradle your body, allowing you to fully surrender into each posture. It's like a warm, comforting embrace, the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate at the start of the week.

In restorative yoga, poses are held for several minutes, allowing the body to fully relax and open up.

This style works to release deep tension passively, without active stretch.

This practice also encourages mindfulness and a meditative state of mind, making it an excellent choice for those looking to unwind and de-stress. Restorative yoga is especially beneficial for individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, or recovering from injuries.

Since restorative yoga is so incredibly soothing to the nervous system, it is beneficial to your body as a whole.

If practiced continuously with intention, restorative yoga has the potential to ease stress and anxiety, regulate heart rate and blood pressure, soothe digestion, and so much more—all via its ability to downregulate your nervous system.

Restorative yoga is undoubtedly a powerful practice with far-reaching benefits. All you have to do is take the time to practice it and you’ll soon reap all of its many benefits.‍


✨ Stress reduction

✨ Deep relaxation

✨ Improved sleep

✨ Enhanced flexibility

✨ Emotional balance


Tuesday Night Yin.

🍂 **Yin Yoga**:

On Tuesdays, we embark on a different journey.

In Yin Yoga, we dive deep into the connective tissues, ‘targeting’ specific areas such as the hips, thighs, and lower back. We gently stress these tissues, encouraging growth and renewal, all while holding poses for extended periods, through compression and tension , use of props , The lovely long rebounds between poses allow us to explore stillness and embrace the benefits of patience and surrender. It's a practice of strength in surrender, a beautiful complement to an active lifestyle. Your yin to your yang.

Yin yoga is designed to increase flexibility and joint mobility while also stimulating the body's energy flow, often referred to as "chi" or "prana." It encourages a deep release of tension in the muscles and promotes a sense of calm and balance. Yin yoga is particularly suitable for individuals looking to improve flexibility, balance, and energy flow.


✨ Increased flexibility

✨ Greater body awareness

✨ Deeper meditation

✨ Enhanced joint health

✨ Stress

These 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 goal is to be 100% supported and passive with no active stretch.

  • Focus: In yin yoga, the focus is on stretching your connective tissues but in restorative yoga, the focus is on the passive release of mind-body tension.

  • Props: Both styles may use props but in yin yoga, when props are used, they are used to either deepen or soften the stretch. In restorative yoga, props are used to completely support your body. Generally, restorative yoga will use far more props than yin, which may include straps, blankets, blocks, sandbags and especially bolsters.

  • Poses: Yin yoga poses are held for about 3-5 minutes, while restorative yoga poses are held for anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

**Key Difference**:

While both practices offer relaxation and rejuvenation, Yin Yoga focuses on deep stretching and stimulating the meridians (energy pathways), bringing fresh energy into the body. In contrast, Restorative Yoga is all about surrendering into a state of complete ease, with props supporting your body in gentle, nurturing postures.

Whichever path you choose, each practice offers a unique and beautiful journey. Join us on the mat and discover the practice that resonates most with you. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you! 💖🧘‍♂️

Both classes can be booked through Shine in https://shine in

or Mind Body App.

Restorative Monday evenings 7.30pm in the beautiful Shine in Studio, Kinsealy

Yin Yoga Tuesdays 7.30pm also in Shine in Studio.

There is also a new addition on Tuesday evening a 50 minute Yang to yin Class, sure i may as well pop some information here too!


🌟 **Yang to Yin Yoga Class** 🌟Tuesdays 6.30pm Shine in Studio

50 minute , also a beautiful lead into the Yin Class.

In our Yang to Yin Yoga class, we seamlessly blend the energizing qualities of yang with the soothing essence of yin.

This practice begins with an opening flow, focusing on building strength, flexibility, and balance. We explore a series of poses that engage and awaken the body, promoting circulation and vitality.

As we transition into the yin phase, we gently ease into deep, meditative stretches, targeting the connective tissues. Holding these poses for longer periods invites a sense of surrender, promoting profound relaxation and flexibility.


✨ Increased energy

✨ Improved muscle tone

✨ Enhanced flexibility

✨ Stress reduction

✨ Greater body awareness

Join us for a harmonious journey that balances the active and the passive, leaving you feeling revitalized and deeply relaxed. See you on the mat! 🧘‍♀️💫

So looking forward to seeing you there!any other questions get in touch!

Michelle x

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