Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang; opposite and complimentary principles in nature. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body using passive traction and gravity. Yang Yoga is any dynamic practice that develops muscular strength and stamina by using repetition and movement, whilst Yin Yoga improves range of motion and health of deep tissues and joints. Both types of practices are important for balanced mind-body health and wellness. A Yin Yoga class will usually consist of a series of long-held, passive poses aimed at targeting the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, spine & shoulder joints. The poses are held for varying amounts of time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes.
Yoga Shanti is a restorative yoga practice. A restorative yoga sequence typically involves five or six poses, held for a long time. The poses are held for between 5-10 minutes, fully supported with props, combined with breathwork, hands-on healing and guided meditation techniques, so that you can completely relax and rest