Yin poses are derived from traditional yoga poses, though they have been renamed to distinguish them. These postures have similar shapes to their yang counterparts but are taught with an emphasis on relaxing the muscles over the course of several minutes.
Yin vs. Restorative
Though Yin Yoga and restorative yoga are similar in that poses are held for long periods, they have fundamentally different purposes.
It is possible to get yin benefits from doing restorative poses, but the goal is not relaxation. Restorative poses are typically much more supported using props. In yin poses, gravity helps intensify the stretch. Some poses, such as dragon (a version of lizard pose), would not work as restorative poses, which are typically done in a supine or prone position.
The purpose of the massage is this class is not to completely relax you, but rather create space for you to deepen your yin posture. We'll massage the fascia being opened and give you a bit of extra love in the areas that tend to tighten in your body.