When you think of exercises that can help you relax, yoga is often the default. This is because yoga is all about remaining calm while maintaining some uncomfortable positions that slowly become more comfortable the longer you practice. Yoga is even a great way to help kids relax, as it can decrease stress and improve attention and behavior, according to a study by Wayne State University. And heck, if yoga can help even children find their calm, then you know that’s powerful stuff! Calming yoga is wonderfully beneficial in clearing the cobwebs from your mind and helping you to find your center. Yoga can be a great way to cleanse the body as well as the mind. In particular some yoga poses like spinal twists can help to create mobility along the spine and gently massage vital organs to wake up the digestive system and cleanse the body of unwanted toxins. Detoxifying yoga can be coupled with a cleansing diet or juice cleanse to deliver a fast and effective detox for the whole body. Move For Flexibility by Julie Montagu
1. Supported Restorative Backbends
This class is all about supported backbends. Bending forward is a large part of our daily routine. We lean forward and sit at the computer facing forward. These restorative poses, guided by Judith Hanson Lasater, will help undo the constant habit of this action to help you relieve tension and reduce pain. Backbends do not need to be strenuous or intense in order to feel the benefits. These poses are more about opening rather than stretching.
2. Lower Body Release
Feeling tight in the hips, legs and lower back? Create space and release tension in lower body with this restorative yoga session that has been designed to stretch and lengthen muscles including the hamstrings, inner thighs and calves. This relaxing class is great for stress relief and calming the mind.
3. Restorative Yin Practice
Being over stimulated and anxious can cause irritation and imbalance in our body systems. This wonderful yin and restorative yoga class will help nourish your senses and center your energy. Enhance your experience by lighting some candles, rubbing lavender essential oils on your pressure points, and grabbing an eye pillow.
4. Supported Restorative Forward Bends
Restorative yoga takes many forms and in this class Judith Hanson Lasater will guide you through supported forwards bends and meditation. These two elements make a perfect pairing because forward bends lead us naturally and intuitively towards a meditative state. As a result of this practice you'll feel more open and aligned back body.
5. Energizing Yoga: Bend and Breathe
There is a very specific point in your body behind your heart and in front of your spine where all back bending and breathing centers. MC Sweet will show you how to access that exact point in this beautifully relaxing and heart-opening vinyasa flow.
6. Move For Flexibility
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.
7. Flow Till You Glow: Side Body Flow
The stresses of daily life cause us to hold a lot of tension in our side bodies. Led by Grokker expert Beth Stuart, this flowing, upbeat class will teach you to breathe deeply into poses in order to release the build up of stress. You'll be feeling refreshed and amazing in no time.
8. 7 Day Body & Soul Boot Camp: Nourishing Yoga
In this nourising 30-min yoga practice, you'll move through a gentle yin sequence to deeply release your lower back in order to ease pain and improve alignment. Brett will then guide you through a Yoga Nidra to allow your body to completely relax and rejuvenate. This practice is ideal before bed.