Admittedly, kind of nerdy?
Geeking over these incredible resource.
Interesting to note the above has the same title as Judith Lasater’s Relax & Renew book on restorative yoga. But completely different. This was purchased awhile ago at Golden Bridge Yoga studio in Santa Monica – it was a kind of a dreamy utopia back then… no I don’t mean it was a commune or an ashram (maybe it was) but it was a yoga studio and this was what they put out, yet another version, the Kundalini yoga school’s Relax & Renew yoga – different, both books a gem to yoga lovers.
So I have trouble with folks with superficial knowledge of yoga becoming the critic providing a layman’s critique sometimes that make little sense – ? comments like – it wasn’t yin or it wasn’t vinyasa or it’s too hard, too easy, etc. – really have to look at the training of the teacher who stands before you and question the teacher’s intention – is this class going to serve me and my pursuit of wellness, my wholeness ? If you want power yoga, then, perhaps a teacher trained in the Ashtanga tradition; if you want alignment and balance, maybe someone more influenced in the Iyeangar teachings; or if you want more the spiritual, meditation aspects coupled with physical challenges, maybe Kundalini; all can be in a room heated or cooled down depending again, on the intention set by you, that’s uniquely yours.
Not all restorative- or for that matter, not all yin yoga is the same. It’s true when you walk into Iyengar yoga studio, it’s completely different from Vinyasa class but I embrace both – I find BOTH to be beneficial for me. What one finds “inspiring” could be considered “too busy” “too hard” “too challenging” thus stressful or injury causing – for some, so it’s about managing expectations while educating the students especially in the art of patience and flexibility – and being open and not stuck to one rigid idea that it must look and feel a certain way. There are so many ways to get there – you know – so many means, so many ways to get to that end.
Within yin yoga styles, the original yin master’s yin practice was quite … yang ?
Check out Paulie Zink vs Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers vs Bernie Clark. Each a “master” of their own style, each so different from another I think. They all claim to be THE yin yoga master teacher or even a founder of that style. Best not to label too much as I’d like to blend a hybrid that works for “me” that day, that time. If that’s called eclectic… it is what it is. It’s always therapeutic.