In meditation, we bring mind and body into a quiet space to witness the fluctuation of thought and emotion. Within this quiet observation, we can identify each seed of thought as it grows to frame the way we process and interpret our lives. Therapeutic yoga is focused on dysfunctional movement therapy by releasing chronic tension buildup and re-orchestrating kinesthetic patterning.Don't be intimidated by the idea of taking up yoga. Yoga for beginners classes are designed specifically to ease you in gradually into a practice. Yoga poses in beginners classes are easy enough not to put off first timers but just hard enough to stretch your muscles and give you a real workout. What's more there is such a range and variety of yoga styles and instructors for beginners to try that you will certainly find the right yoga practice for you. Tension Tamers: Surrender Stress by Robyn Capobianco
1. Wrist Therapeutics
Weakness through the shoulder girdle can result in chronic pain and injury through the neck, forearms, and wrists. One of the common effects of a weak upper back is carpal tunnel syndrome. In this Grokker Premium video, Siri Peterson focuses on opening the upper spine to counter common misalignment in the shoulders, and therapeutics for the wrist joints. Once you've addressed the postural imbalances in the upper back, you'll learn how to comfortably support weight on your hands to strengthen the muscles around your joints for an effective antidote to wrist, forearm, and upper back issues.
2. Feet Health Therapeutics #1
Feet health is critical for aligning the body. Anusara expert Samantha Brown demonstrates therapeutic techniques for keeping your feet healthy and strong. If your interested in finding more feet care exercises checkout Samanth Shakti Brown's collection Feet Health.
3. Tension Tamers: Anxiety Balancing
In this series, Grokker Yoga Expert Robyn Capobianco reveals centering routines to deeply relieve the tension of your day. In this class she is focused on unraveling anxiety. Begin by working with guided breathwork, then release the neck and shoulders. Move deeper into pranayama (breathwork) in a supported inversion against the wall to shift your perspective and restore blood flow to the hips and heart. This Grokker Premium video is appropriate for all levels, even beginners, but will be therapeutic and informative for the advanced practitioner as well.
4. How to Meditate with Kino
When I first started to develop a meditation practice I was afraid that my mind wasn't calm enough. But just like with yoga you don't need a calm mind or a flexible body to start. The practice itself creates the calm, flexible mind that is needed for spiritual practice. I recommend starting off with something very simple. Sit for five minutes a day and bring your attention to your breath. This short clip on how to meditate was filmed at Balans Yoga in Goteborg (Gothenburgh) Sweden.
5. Knee Health Therapeutics #1
If knee pain is a concern, you've found the right class. Samantha Matthews will lead you through a series of therapeutic exercises and Anusara alignment principles designed to help prevent knee injury and joint erosion.
6. Deep Stretching Therapeutics: Lower Body
Tone and stretch your legs to protect your back. You'll need a foam roller, tune up balls, a block, a strap and a mat, and prepare to undo the spine compressing effects of sitting all day or pounding the pavement in your running shoes. Designed to deeply stretch and open the legs, Join Grokker Yoga Expert Robyn Capobianco in this Grokker Premium video that will unlock your lower body and teach you how to keep your low back healthy. Breathe through it, some of the stretches are intense. Appropriate for all levels.
7. Tension Tamers: Surrender Stress
Allow your body to settle as you surrender all stress. In this Grokker Premium video focused on stressed reduction, you'll work with breath exercises to first calm the mind, then open the muscles of the chest to free up the space around the heart center. Robyn Capobianco includes corrective release exercises to release the hips, shoulders, and upper back as well. Discover the power of the mind body connection as you release stress from head to toe in this entire series on taming tension. Appropriate for all levels.
8. Tension Tamers: Anger Release
Derail stress. In this series, Grokker Yoga Expert Robyn Capobianco shows you how to take ownership of your emotions and responsibly express and alchemize each one. This class focuses on releasing anger. Begin in an active posture with synchronized breath work, then twist out the body to interrupt the stress cycle and begin to relax. You'll open the hips, elongate the spine, then end class with a guided meditation and breath work exercise to completely reset both mind and body. This Grokker Premium video is appropriate for all levels.
9. Knee Health Therapeutics #2
Learn how to strengthen the vastus medialis, or what Samantha call's the "magic button" with these essential exercises to help you find pain free knees. Sam Matthews will guide you through exercises that strengthen the muscles around the knee joint. These exercises include hip opening moves and forward folds with clear posture modifications to bring the benefits of each pose to your needs. Avoiding hyperextension is critical, and strengthening the muscles around the knee joint will aid in preventative muscle engagement to keep you from overextending the joint structure.
10. The Breath All The Way (Anapanasati)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu presents a dharma talk and discourse on the 16 steps involved in anapanasati mindfulness of breathing. Seekers of goodness who have gathered here please listen in peace. Listening to the Dhamma in peace means to listen with a one-pointed mind, paying attention to what you hear and then letting go. Listening to the Dhamma is of great benefit. While listening to the Dhamma we are encouraged to firmly establish both body and mind in samadhi, because it is one kind of dhamma practice. In the time of the Buddha people listened to Dhamma talks intently, with a mind aspiring to real understanding, and some actually realized the Dhamma while listening. Don't think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don't think that you're coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.