Yoga can be a great way to boost your energy levels. The Health Yoga Life studio, located in Boston, Massachusetts, promotes the idea of accepting prana, or life force, into the body via breathing and movement through yoga. While practicing active poses, you are circulating the blood flow to the various parts of the body, essentially waking them up. By practicing energetic and invigorating yoga you can fight fatigue and even reverse the effects of long periods spent sitting, like many of us are forced to do when working at the office.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. Julie's Simple Happiness Pose 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. 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. Energizing Yoga: Bend and Breathe
There is a very specific point in your body behind your heart and in front of your spine where all back bending and breathing centers. MC Sweet will show you how to access that exact point in this beautifully relaxing and heart-opening vinyasa flow.
5. Invigorating Shoulder Sequence
When it feels like the weight of the world is weighing down on your shoulders, practice this gentle yoga sequence to get that much needed release. Join Sonia Doubell in this Grokker Premium Video for her series Yoga for Tension Relief, and melt away the stresses and strains of life!
6. Relieve Hamstring Tension
Allow the tension within your hamstrings melt away, and watch as your lower, middle and upper body follows suit. Join Sonia Doubell in this Grokker Premium Video for her series Yoga for Tension Relief, and melt away the stresses and strains of life!
7. Find Focus and Be Present
When you feel anxious, chances are you've been worrying in circles. This practice will help you shift into a focused state through the use of balancing and standing poses. The goal of this focus is to bring you back to the present moment, dissolving any attachments to fear-based thoughts and busy thinking.
8. 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.
9. Energizing Vinyasa: Playful Flow
Let's gather up those playful emotions inside and apply forgotten things to the present moment. This vinyasa practice is like going back to the basics, but with a creative spin. It will have you smiling, feeling relaxed and completely enjoying your time on the mat with Grokker expert, MC Sweet.
10. 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.