Through meditative yoga, you can learn to turn off the noise inside your head and focus on your breathing, an incredibly calming activity. John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, has been leading a study on the link between yoga and the reduction of stress and disease on the body. Denninger says that "the kinds of things that happen when you meditate do have effects throughout the body, not just in the brain.” Meditative yoga helps you inject the silence you never knew you needed into your otherwise busy life. Just try not to fall asleep in Shavasana pose (easier said than done!). Slow yoga is the most common style of yoga, it involves gentle classes with no flow between postures. Yoga poses are held for a longer period of time helping you to build and strengthen your muscles and increase flexibility. Slow yoga also involves simple breathing exercises to increase the flow of oxygen to your body and allow you to remain calm during your yoga practice. Slow yoga classes are sometimes referred to as Hatha yoga and these yoga flows are great for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike. If you find this style of yoga too slow and meditative for you and are looking for something a little more athletic, you might want to try Vinyasa Flow yoga. Yoga for Better Sleep by Julie Montagu
1. 5-Minute Meditations: Escape to the Beach
Remember that happy place on the beach from your last vacation? The sun is shining, the sand is warm, and the waves are gently lulling you into relaxation. During this visualization meditation, expert Stacy Conlon will guide you to a sense of calm reminiscent of your favorite private beach spot.
2. Yoga for Better Sleep
Ensuring we are able to experience a deep, restorative sleep each night is one of the most important elements of living a healthy, happy life. When we are sleep deprived our stress levels increase and we may find it difficult to be productive and effective during the day. Yoga is a wonderful way to wind down after a busy way and relax before bedtime. In this session, Julie will guide you through a soothing yoga sequence that will have you feeling stress-free, calm and primed for a great night sleep.
3. 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.
4. Fear Awareness Meditation
Through acknowledgement of our true inner state, we can clearly see ourselves as the innocence behind our fears. In this video, learn to look deeply into your own fears and support this experience with love & awareness. When experiencing fear, try and receive yourself completely, with a deep sense of acknowledgement toward this turbulent inner state. In this lesson, we will learn to quiet the storm through mindful appreciation of the needs underlying this fear.
5. 30-minute Restorative Practice
Welcome to your Sunday morning restorative yoga class, designed to help you unwind from the week both mentally and physically. Starting with a mini meditation, and going on to some wonderful stretches to free up tight and sore muscles, this practice is the perfect end to your week. Join Celest Pereira for your Sunday morning flow from the Morning Yoga Series.
6. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yin Yoga for Your Hips I
This is a relaxing and restorative yin yoga session is designed to open your hips, relax your lower body, and relieve tension. By extending pose holds, you will find extra space in your lower body and alleviate any stiffness and stress you may be feeling.
7. Gentle Evening Yoga
Welcome to your Gentle Evening Yoga flow. This session will take you through a number of deep, meditative stretches and poses, designed to get rid of all of the muscle tension that has accumulated throughout the day. Join Celest and get ready to unwind, no matter how busy or stressful your day has been.
8. 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.
9. Yin Yoga for Forgiveness
In this yin yoga class you will focus on forgiveness. As you hold supported floor poses we will explore the question, “What in us is asking for forgiveness?” We’ll move through a guided visualization to deeply relax the entire body.
10. Mindful Evening Yoga
This Mindful Evening yoga session is all about connecting your mind and body. This flow will take you through a series of amazing meditative and gentle movements to leave you feeling relaxed from head to toe. Join Yoga Expert Celest Pereira for this rejuvenating and balancing class that will leave you in the most calm, serene state.