Not only can challenging yoga be great for the body, but it can also work wonders on the mind. There’s no greater feeling than finally being able to hold yourself up in the crane pose, or knowing that you’ve improved your flexibility enough to execute frog pose with your legs flat against the ground. There’s no question that you’re in the best shape of your life when you can remain in poses like these for an extended period of time. Perfecting these poses can take months or even years, but the challenge pays off in the end.Practicing yoga first thing in the morning can be an incredibly effective way of increasing your energy levels throughout the day. Like other types of exercise, yoga reduces fatigue, and certain poses have been shown to leave you feeling particularly energized. A study by the University of Oxford found that yoga was able to help healthy people of varied ages feel increases in their energy levels. The study concluded that just a half hour of yoga stretches and breathing exercises were enough to dramatically improve both the mental and physical energy levels of the subjects.Move for Stress Relief by Julie Montagu
1. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Upper Body Flow
This challenging upper body vinyasa flow will focus on opening the heart, expanding the chest, and finding space between your shoulders. Join Steffy White in this Grokker Premium Video and flow through your upper body.
2. Arm Balances and Inversions
Arm balances and inversions are a staple of a strong yoga practice. Bringing the head below the chest area, can stimulate our nervous system and boost energy levels through increased blood circulation. Join Celest for this enjoyable and energising introduction to inversions.
3. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Flow for Balance
This balancing flow is the perfect way to start your journey towards a more consistent practice. Get ready to feel centered, focused, and ready for anything. This Grokker Premium video will get your heart rate up, burn calories, leave you feeling energized and focused.
4. Full Body Breakdown: Lengthen and Strengthen
The focus of this energetic vinyasa flow class is on the legs. Grokker expert Emily-Clare Hill will help you build strength and stoke some fire in your stems through lunge-based standing postures. Once you're nice and warm, she'll guide you through a yummy and indulgent savasana series at the end to cool down.
5. Full Body Breakdown: Dynamic Core
A strong core is about more than just aesthetics. Find better posture and mobility as you join Grokker expert, Emily-Clare Hill for this intermediate vinyasa flow class that focuses on building strength throughout your core. Through a number of dynamic movements, Emily will show you how to best engage and strengthen your entire mid-section while reaping the benefits of a flow class. Grab your mat, and a blanket or scarf and make your way to the mat.
6. Morning Yoga Stretch
This awakening vinyasa class focuses on simple postures to elongate the body and freshen the mind. Join Andrew Sealy in this 30-minute class that'll have you focused and ready to tackle the day.
7. Daily Dose of Yoga: Strength Flow
Get your muscles working to tone and strengthen the body in this energizing, dynamic yoga class led by Grokker yoga expert, Micheal James Wong. This posture-focused sequence works the entire body and leave you feeling uplifted and revived.
8. Fit & Aligned: Strong & Powerful Vinyasa
This vinyasa class is designed to kick your asana into transformation. Wake up the most powerful muscles in your body, ignite your metabolism and learn the functionality of yoga postures on and off your mat. Be prepared to work hard, hold steady and create the power needed to align yourself perfectly into inversions.
9. Yoga For Arm Strength
Develop strength in your arms and upper body with this stamina building yoga class. Celest will guide you through proper alignment while strengthening the arms and shoulders in a wide range of movements. Mastering these postures is all about consistent practice so repeat this session as many times as you need to feel yourself improve.
10. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yoga for Abs & Core
This quick ab-focused flow is perfect for building a strong core, which is key for stabilizing your entire body and enhancing your athleticism.