Yoga is great for our physical lives because when our body feels good we feel more confident and happy. A regular practice will stretch out your limbs and improve flexibility, which is important for increasing our range of motion so we feel our best as we move through the day. In this Happy Yoga class, Julie will guide you through some of her favourite poses for increased flexibility and the release of muscular tension in the body.
2. Move and Breathe
This entire yoga sequence is all about paying attention to your breath as you move. As you take deeper breaths you increase oxygen in you body which brings greater mental clarity. Join Julie for this rejuvenating Happy Yoga session that will allow you to completely unwind and find a sense of inner calm and serenity.
3. Simple Positive Mindset Exercise
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Full Body Yin Yoga
This yin yoga class is designed to stretch and open your entire body in a short amount of time. It is perfect for those days where you're on-the-go, feeling stressed and tense, and are looking to make some time to focus on your wellbeing. Grab a block and join Kassandra on the mat when you're ready.
9. 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.
10. 20 Minute Blindfolded Yoga Practice
A 20 minute blindfolded yoga practice. Why the blindfold? Try it and you will see why. Allow slow, deep breath to move you through each pose. Always work within a pain-free range. Use a scarf, sleep mask or handkerchief for the blindfold.