With yoga you are combining exercise with meditation, which is great for improving mental clarity and focus. As yoga requires a lot of concentration on something specific, it is easy enough to put your distractions aside. You can clear your mind and feel lighter physically and emotionally. The more you do practice, the easier it will become to detach yourself from your thoughts that interrupt your concentrationMove for Stress Relief by Julie Montagu
1. Move for Stress Relief
Is stress holding you back from living your best life? It is almost impossible to feel our best when we are experiencing stress. In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through the ultimate stress-relieving yoga flow, full of postures, poses and sequences that will extract tension from your body and allow you to mentally detach yourself from troubling, stressful thoughts.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Body Awareness: 5-Minute Relaxation Technique
For times when you are feeling a little overwhelmed or anxious, this five minute body awareness exercise will bring you back to the present moment and free you from stressful thoughts. This relaxation exercise can be done at any time of day and is most effective when you sit in a chair with your feet firmly on the floor; but find the most comfortable seated position that works for you. Give yourself this little break to feel calm, happy and balanced.
5. Mindful Productivity
In this busy world, time-management and productivity are hot topics. Everyone wants to know how they can get on top of their to-do list. In this session Alister will share a a number of mindfulness practices, we can use each day to become more aware of the way we use and misuse time. Discover a number of simple tools and techniques you can use to greatly improve productivity and get more out of your day.
6. Mindful Creativity
Creativity is about seeing things from a different perspective or viewpoint. Mindfulness is particularly good at developing this ability because it is all about stepping back from your thoughts and emotions rather than getting caught up in them. In this session Alister will share some ways in which you can tap into the creative side of your brain through the practice of mindfulness.
7. Creativity Visualisation
Creativity can be expressed in many forms, through art, words, writing, music, design - the list goes on. In this exercise you will access the creative side of your mind mind, by practicing some creative writing, imagination and visualization. You can go-ahead and find a piece of paper and a pen to write down your thoughts or you can do this exercise as a visualization with your eyes closed.
8. Relaxing Upper Body Release
Join Celest for a short yoga flow to release tension in the neck, chest, shoulders, and upper back. This sequence which includes standing poses, twists and folds will leave you feeling calm, focused and renewed. A great class for those who sit at a computer for long periods of time.
9. Moving With The Breath
Correct breathing is an important part of a yoga practice. By connecting your breath to each movement you will be able to experience all the mental and physical benefits the practice has to offer. Join Celest for this easy to follow beginner class, that will have you feeling relaxed, balanced and happy.
10. Anxiety Reducing Meditation
One of the best things you can do to calm an anxious mind is meditate. In this guided meditation, Amy will take you deep into a beautiful forest where you will be able to witness your thoughts and feelings without self judgement. Come back to this meditation every time you are feeling anxious, scattered, or feel the need to re-focus your energy.