Yin, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra all help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation, calming the mind and relieving stress.
Yin yoga is a slower-paced yoga where postures are held for 3 to 5 minutes or more. The longer holds work deeper into connective tissues, including the fascia, tendons and ligaments, releasing deeply held tension and blocked energy in the physical body. At the same time, Yin Yoga challenges the mind to surrender to the physical discomfort that may arise with longer holds - a great lesson to connect to the breath and to stay with whatever is arising in the present moment.
Restorative yoga is a deeply nurturing practice where the body is totally supported, allowing both mind and body to release stress, relax and heal. It is especially beneficial if you are recovering from illness or injury, or just need to completely surrender, both mentally and physically.
Yoga nidra, or "yogic sleep" is a deeply relaxing practice that encourages complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. In this state of "conscious sleep", we can develop a deeper self-awareness, especially around habitual patterns of behaviour. This insight into ourselves can be a powerful tool for transformation.