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. Full body yoga offers a total body workout to get you looking and feeling great all over. By combining poses that work the lower back, core, glutes, arms and legs you can tone your body and increase your overall flexibility. This head to toe approach to your yoga practice is a fast and effective way of strengthening your muscles all over and achieving a full body workout with yoga. Moving Meditation by Julie Montagu
1. Flow Till You Glow: Nonstop Flow
As humans we crave movement. It's when we feel stuck or stagnant that we start to feel pain, anxiety, and worry. This vinyasa class is like a shot of espresso! It's perfect for when you're short on time and want to get energized or just need to move. Let's flow!
2. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. After Work Yoga
This is your After Work Yoga session, designed to release any tension in your body that you may have accumulated throughout a busy day. Join our yoga expert Celest Pereira, for an energizing yet stress relieving sequence that will leave you feeling incredibly calm, centered and relaxed.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Simple Stretches For Beginners
Yoga is the perfect style of exercise for improving overall flexibility. Whatever your level of flexibility, this session is all about getting you to feel good in your own body. Join Celest for this stress busting stretch session, that will leave you feeling totally relaxed and recharged. This video is the third and final in the 3 Steps To Yoga series.