“All suffering comes from expectation” -Buddha.
Part of the second of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths posits that, while we know suffering exists (1st truth), it is our desires and attachment, our clinging and craving, that are the base causes of this suffering. Expectations, a desired and defined outcome that is often quite different from the reality we find ourselves in. The 3rd truth offers us a contingency plan for dealing with our suffering – detachment and freeing oneself from desire and expectation.
It seems to me that there is a general confusion as to what Restorative Yoga is and equally what is Yin Yoga? So much so that some studios and teachers have not only ceased to define them but unintentionally merge the two, much to the confusion of students. Restorative Yin and Yin Restorative. Surely there is little difference between them and therefore they make natural, compatible partners, a match made in heaven? Both relaxing, both rejuvenating and both soothing for the nervous system. They have become a singular practice. This is of course, not so. Restorative and Yin Yoga may share many similarities, but they are wholly different in lineage and intention.
It is interesting to observe the growing popularity in recent years of this much slower style of yoga, with an increase in the number of Yin Yoga teacher trainings and yin classes across the world but particularly here in Cape Town.