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!). 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. Supported Restorative Backbends
This class is all about supported backbends. Bending forward is a large part of our daily routine. We lean forward and sit at the computer facing forward. These restorative poses, guided by Judith Hanson Lasater, will help undo the constant habit of this action to help you relieve tension and reduce pain. Backbends do not need to be strenuous or intense in order to feel the benefits. These poses are more about opening rather than stretching.
2. Energizing Vinyasa: Twist and Flow
This vinyasa class is all about twisting through your body and tuning in to your natural ability to detoxify. Use the core of your values to support your path to desire while eliminating the skeptical voices in your head.
3. 5-Minute Meditations: Let Go Of Negativity
It’s not always easy to get along with your peers. This mindfulness meditation will help you find your inner calm, keep your cool, find the win/win, and collaborate with ease. When practiced regularly, mindfulness can be an effective tool in helping quell feelings of negativity, and will allow you to handle tough situations with grace.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Meditation for Loving Kindness
In this sweet, 10-minute meditation, you will focus on loving kindness.
7. 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.
8. Supported Restorative Forward Bends
Restorative yoga takes many forms and in this class Judith Hanson Lasater will guide you through supported forwards bends and meditation. These two elements make a perfect pairing because forward bends lead us naturally and intuitively towards a meditative state. As a result of this practice you'll feel more open and aligned back body.
9. Body Awareness: 5-Minute Relaxation Technique
For times when you are feeling a little overwhelmed or anxious, this five minute body awareness exercise will bring you back to the present moment and free you from stressful thoughts. This relaxation exercise can be done at any time of day and is most effective when you sit in a chair with your feet firmly on the floor; but find the most comfortable seated position that works for you. Give yourself this little break to feel calm, happy and balanced.
10. 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.