Yin and Yang are terms used to describe how seemingly opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent in nature and how they give rise to each other.
Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles of yoga are considered ‘Yang’ practices; they are dynamic, moving, strong and bright. In our Restorative classes the focus is on static poses, letting us release completely to the gravitational forces below, closing our eyes and just ‘being’ within. It is an alternative practice for those days that a dynamic style intuitively feels inappropriate; for instance, during emotional fatigue, when sick, during menstruation, during the full and new moon days or when we are just plain over-worked and tired!
This way we don’t need to skip our practice and miss out on the mental and emotional benefits of taking some time each day to bring ourselves inside to find peace while awakening and enlivening the cells of the body to give us the power to constructively and positively deal with the obstacles life gives us.