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. Workplace Wellness: Ease Neck, Shoulder, and Wrist Pain
Been sitting all day and starting to feel the effects? Take a few minutes from the comfort of your chair to join Grokker expert, Christina Robohm, as she guides you through a series of quick, seated stretches designed to ease neck, shoulder and wrist pain. Whether you rarely work out or are a seasoned athlete, you'll reap the benefits of these time-efficient stretches.
2. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yin Yoga for the Back
Today you will be taken through a wonderful and soothing yin yoga class that will help relax and ease tension in your back. By holding poses for prolonged periods you will lengthen your spine, reduce your stress levels, and finish this class feeling rejuvenated and energized.
3. Meditation for Surrender
Welcome to Nourishing Heart, a four-week yoga and meditation plan designed to explore themes of self-love. In this 10-minute meditation, you will focus on surrender and explore an opening and embodying of divine love.
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. 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.
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.