Restorative and yin yoga can offer us a way to deeply relax the physical body, to get very stretched out, and to train the tissues of the body to be more relaxed while at rest. We also stretch the fascia and connective tissue which can help with flexibility and pain. Restorative yoga is a little different from what some people think of as yoga. Poses are held for 2 to even 10 minutes. Often a variety of props, things like blankets and bolsters, will be used so that the practitioner can find a level of ease in the pose. The poses that are practiced are not physically demanding but help the practitioner to find deep stretch. Some of the poses are very relaxing and others are more intense. No strength training is done in restorative or yin yoga and the pace of a typical class will be very slow. This allows the practice to integrate more of the meditation aspects of yoga as well. Restorative and yin yoga will leave you feeling relaxed in body and mind.
Hatha yoga is a practice where you will hold poses for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It is an active practice and you will get to strength train, stretch out, practice balance, and focus. Every teacher is different but Gavin tends to focus on alignment and exploration to find variations of the poses that work for you. Not everyone will work for Cirque de Soleil and you don't have to be crazy flexible or strong to practice or to even be “good” at yoga. Hatha yoga is a great place to start practicing to really learn the poses and explore them to find what works for you.