Difference Between Restorative Yoga & Yin Yoga - In A Nutshell

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Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga are both practices that focus on slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. In restorative yoga the goal is to be completely comfortable and focus on releasing mind-body tension. In yin yoga some discomfort is welcome and the focus is on stretching connective tissue. Props are used in both but in restorative props are used to assist students to support the body and relax the body further to surrender more deeply into the pose. Where as in yin yoga props are used to either deepen or soften and manage the intensity of the stretch.


Main Differences

  • In restorative yoga the student is taught to be completely comfortable.

  • In yin yoga some discomfort is welcomed.


  • In restorative yoga the student will feel a gentle stretch.

  • In yin yoga the student will feel a deep stretch.


  • In restorative yoga the focus is on the passive release of the mind-body tension.

  • In yin yoga the focus is on stretching connective tissue.


  • In restorative yoga props are used to assist students to support the body and relax the body further to surrender more deeply into the pose.

  • In yin yoga props are used to either deepen or soften to manage the intensity of the stretch


  • In restorative yoga the muscles in the whole body should be able to relax as the body is completely supported by props.

  • In yin yoga the muscles around the area of stretch should be able to relax but other muscles in the body may still be switched on to help hold the student in the pose.


  • In restorative yoga poses are held for 3-20 minutes or even more.

  • In yin yoga poses are held for 3-5 minutes.

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