Therapeutic Yoga

10 Therapeutic Yoga Videos for Warming Up before Excercise

Leslie Perryman • March 17, 2015
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.The majority of those who exercise are well aware of the importance of stretching prior to their workout routine. However, many overlook the incredible option of practicing yoga not just as a workout in itself, but as a means of stretching their bodies prior to beginning a cardio or weight-lifting regimine. Yoga can be utilized to dynamically stretch and warm-up your muscles and many sportsmen and athletes now consider yoga a superior warm up to traditional stretching. Adyashanti - Merge and Unite with What Is
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1. Tension Tamers: Anger Release
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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.
2. Feet Health Therapeutics #3
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The health of your feet is essential for stabilizing the lower body, legs, and aligning yourself in space. Samantha Matthews walks you through an exercise for massaging the plantar fascia to keep the feet healthy and strong. This is the last of the videos for this focus.
3. Tension Tamers: Surrender Stress
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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.
4. Knee Health Therapeutics #3
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Strengthening the muscles around the knee joint is imperative for maintaining healthy joints and preventing knee pain. Samantha Matthews presents this program on improving knee health through continuous strengthening of the "magic button," a term coined for the vastus medialis's key role in conjoining knee joint mobility and stability. Check out Sam's Knee Health collection for more.
5. How to Meditate with Kino
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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.
6. Adyashanti - Merge and Unite with What Is
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Great talk that broadens our perspective about why it really means to allow everything to be as it is, loving what is, non-separation and becoming the situation that you're in. To Unite and merge with what is. The talk is from Boulder Intensive, August 2010. Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. "Adyashanti" means primordial peace.
7. Dharma Discussion on Breath Meditation
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Thanissaro Bhikkhu discusses breathing along with a variety of meditation techniques.
8. The Breath All The Way (Anapanasati)
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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.
9. Deep Stretching Therapeutics: Lower Body
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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.
10. Wrist Therapeutics
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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.
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