In Vinyasa, we practice breath initiated movement. Class pace is aerobic, fluid, and challenging for beginners. There is a strong emphasis on delicate transitions, with steadiness and ease recognized as elements of graceful movement. Refined movement through powerful postures create integrated strength, flexibility, and a kick butt workout.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. Moving Meditation by Julie Montagu
1. Moving Meditation
Mediation is a way for us to quiet the mental chatter we have in our minds and focus on being present in the here and now. Through this practice we can start to feel a sense of inner peace and calm as we realise that we can simply observe our thoughts without judging them or ourselves. In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through her Moving Mediation sequence which has been design to bring you back to your breath so you can start to feel more balanced as you let go of any worries that are preventing you from experiencing happiness.
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. 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.
4. Move and Breathe
This entire yoga sequence is all about paying attention to your breath as you move. As you take deeper breaths you increase oxygen in you body which brings greater mental clarity. Join Julie for this rejuvenating Happy Yoga session that will allow you to completely unwind and find a sense of inner calm and serenity.
5. Julie's Simple Happiness Pose
For those times when we are feeling not-so-great, practicing an inversion or ‘legs up the wall” pose can be an effective way to increase our energy levels, lower stress and boost our mood . In this session Julie will guide you through her “happiness pose” that she does each day to feel more energized, focused and present.
6. Stretch and Lengthen
Yoga can improve flexibility and increase range of motion by stretching and lengthening the muscles. In this class, Celest will guide you through a calming and restorative sequence designed to release tension in the body.
7. 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.
8. Relaxing Upper Body Release
Join Celest for a short yoga flow to release tension in the neck, chest, shoulders, and upper back. This sequence which includes standing poses, twists and folds will leave you feeling calm, focused and renewed. A great class for those who sit at a computer for long periods of time.
9. Introduction To Sun Salutations
The Sun Salutation is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. In this video, Celest will show you a basic sequence and key poses of the Sun Salutation that will form the foundation of an ongoing yoga practice.
10. Moving With The Breath
Correct breathing is an important part of a yoga practice. By connecting your breath to each movement you will be able to experience all the mental and physical benefits the practice has to offer. Join Celest for this easy to follow beginner class, that will have you feeling relaxed, balanced and happy.