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. 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.
2. Yoga for Better Sleep
Ensuring we are able to experience a deep, restorative sleep each night is one of the most important elements of living a healthy, happy life. When we are sleep deprived our stress levels increase and we may find it difficult to be productive and effective during the day. Yoga is a wonderful way to wind down after a busy way and relax before bedtime. In this session, Julie will guide you through a soothing yoga sequence that will have you feeling stress-free, calm and primed for a great night sleep.
3. 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.
4. Stress-Busting Yoga
Welcome to your Stress Busting Yoga session, perfectly designed to relive stress and tension after a long day of work. This sequence includes lots of movements that are connected to the breath, which is perfect for clearing stressful thoughts from the mind and leaving you feeling refreshed and ready for sleep. Join yoga expert Celest Pereira for a transformational flow that is sure to bring you into a deep, peaceful state.
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. 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.
7. 5-Minute Meditations: Let Go Of Negativity
It’s not always easy to get along with your peers. This mindfulness meditation will help you find your inner calm, keep your cool, find the win/win, and collaborate with ease. When practiced regularly, mindfulness can be an effective tool in helping quell feelings of negativity, and will allow you to handle tough situations with grace.
8. 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.
9. Meditation for Loving Kindness
In this sweet, 10-minute meditation, you will focus on loving kindness.
10. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yin Yoga for Your Hips I
This is a relaxing and restorative yin yoga session is designed to open your hips, relax your lower body, and relieve tension. By extending pose holds, you will find extra space in your lower body and alleviate any stiffness and stress you may be feeling.