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Restorative & Vinyasa Flow

Restorative (Yin) Yoga [with Amanda]

Restorative yoga is suitable for practitioners of all levels. By definition, restorative yoga is a restful practice that holds yoga poses (asanas) for a longer duration using props like yoga blocks or bolsters. It is a practice of deep relaxation that emphasizes the meditative aspect of yoga—the union of body and mind. 

The general trend in Western yoga is to make it a practice geared toward the athletic, aerobic, and acrobatic styles of the practice.  While these energetic styles of yoga focus on muscular engagement, restorative yoga relaxes the muscles via gentle, longer stretches.

Child's Pose

Vinyasa Flow Yoga [with Zenda]

Vinyasa Yoga connects one posture to the next using the breath.  This can be thought of as linking or flowing into postures which is sometimes why it’s called “Flow Yoga”.   A key element of this practice is to move with breath. Breath initiates the movement of Vinyasa which is why you’ll hear it referred to as a “breath-synchronized” practice.

Ujjayi Breath is the breathing technique used.  It is done by inhaling and exhaling in a rhythmic manner through the nose.  The overall sensation is one of relaxation.

Vinyasa practice is more athletic, aerobic and is focused on engaging the muscles.  During typical vinyasa classes, for instance, you move quickly from one pose to another as you build heat and increase your strength and flexibility over time. 

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