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. Meditation for Loving Kindness
In this sweet, 10-minute meditation, you will focus on loving kindness.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Meditation for Surrender
Welcome to Nourishing Heart, a four-week yoga and meditation plan designed to explore themes of self-love. In this 10-minute meditation, you will focus on surrender and explore an opening and embodying of divine love.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.