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 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.
2. Tension Reducing Vinyasa
This vinyasa practice is all about reducing tension that can take a tight grip on your heart and chest, and is ideal for when feelings of anxiety become overwhelming. The class begins by easing you back into your breath with qigong techniques, then moving you into a gentle and calming vinyasa flow.
3. Joint Relaxation Vinyasa
Heavy emotions can translate into tense energy that can collect throughout your body. In this vinyasa practice, you'll focus on rotational movement throughout all your major joints to reduce any congestion or stiffness you may feel. It is also great for reducing heart and chest tightness associated with feelings of anxiety and panic attacks.
4. Yin Yoga for Loving Kindness
In this yin yoga class, our focus is loving kindness. Today we keep it simple, making Loving Kindness our aim and intention as we move through our seated practice.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Breath Regulation Practice
Calm your nerves and focus your attention with Amy Rogg. This anxiety-reducing practice will guide you through a relaxing vinyasa flow that features simple breathing techniques like Ujjayi to help reduce and alleviate feelings of anxiousness.
8. Meditation for Loving Kindness
In this sweet, 10-minute meditation, you will focus on loving kindness.
9. Mindful Walking Exercise
Mindful walking is an active meditative practice that requires you to be consciously aware of your environment as you walk. The practice of mindful walking brings you closer to nature and to your own body. It also helps to strengthen your concentration and boost your awareness of the world around you. In this session, Julie will discuss the many benefits of mindful walking and her simple tips for getting started.
10. 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.