If you want to change your life and feel happier, the first thing to change is the relationship you have with your thoughts. Regardless of how successful, confident and healthy we are, everyone experiences moments of self-doubt and negative thought patterns. In this exercise, Julie will guide you through a simple five minute 'positive mindset' exercise that will allow you to reset your thinking and focus your attention towards more optimistic and happy thoughts.
2. Daily Gratitude Practice
Did you know that taking note of what you are grateful for and going out of your way to thank the people in your life can improve your mental and physical health? In this session, Julie will guide you through a few simple steps you can take to be more grateful and optimistic each day.
3. Mindful Walking Exercise
Mindful walking is an active meditative practice that requires you to be consciously aware of your environment as you walk. The practice of mindful walking brings you closer to nature and to your own body. It also helps to strengthen your concentration and boost your awareness of the world around you. In this session, Julie will discuss the many benefits of mindful walking and her simple tips for getting started.
4. Julie's Simple Happiness Pose
For those times when we are feeling not-so-great, practicing an inversion or ‘legs up the wall” pose can be an effective way to increase our energy levels, lower stress and boost our mood . In this session Julie will guide you through her “happiness pose” that she does each day to feel more energized, focused and present.
5. Kapotasana Tutorial: Master this Powerful Backbend Pose
Kapotasana is a powerful backbend that utilizes every muscle of your body. Prepare for radical heart opening while safely integrating the bandhas and inner thigh strength, and discover how to bring your advanced backbending postures to the next level. With the help of Kino MacGregor, a certified Ashtanga yoga expert, and plenty of practice, you will be able to perform the deep backbend posture in this Grokker Premium video. For more information on elevating your practice, check out the full Insight Yoga series.
6. Beginner Twists and Forward Folds
Interested in understanding the fundamentals of forward folds? Join Grokker yoga expert Celest Pereira in this beginner's guide. Forward folds are found in every yoga class, and are perfect for opening the hamstrings and releasing the lower back muscles. This short & sweet beginner's class is the perfect warming the body from head to toe.
7. Tension Reducing Vinyasa
This vinyasa practice is all about reducing tension that can take a tight grip on your heart and chest, and is ideal for when feelings of anxiety become overwhelming. The class begins by easing you back into your breath with qigong techniques, then moving you into a gentle and calming vinyasa flow.
8. Joint Relaxation Vinyasa
Heavy emotions can translate into tense energy that can collect throughout your body. In this vinyasa practice, you'll focus on rotational movement throughout all your major joints to reduce any congestion or stiffness you may feel. It is also great for reducing heart and chest tightness associated with feelings of anxiety and panic attacks.
9. Energizing Vinyasa: Inner Strength
This vinyasa class will get you in touch with your vulnerability and show you how courage rises up from that point. You'll flow through heart opening sequences that allow energy to free flow through your entire body. At the close of this practice, you'll feel strong, grounded and calm.
10. Basic Restorative Inversions
This practice will focus on two basic methods of restorative inversions. Inversions are poses in which your legs are higher than the heart and promote circulation, muscle recovery, and relaxation. Judith will first set you up in Legs up the Wall pose in which you will need two-three blankets, a yoga strap or belt, and eye pillow. The second basic restorative inversion is Legs on Chair in which you will need a chair with no arms and two blankets. Judith will be on hand to guide you through setting these poses up, easing you into the pose, and bringing you out after a period of relaxation.