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. 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.
2. 5-Minute Meditations: Access Your Creativity
Struggling to settle your mind and come up with new ideas? Allow Grokker expert Stacy Conlon to guide you in a 5-minute meditation designed to help you tap into your inner wisdom and access those creative juices brewing just below the surface.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 5-Minute Meditations: Increase Your Confidence
New to meditation? This one is perfect for you. Get ready for an important meeting or event by getting grounded in under 5 minutes with Grokker Expert, Stacy Conlon. She'll help you find your center so you can showcase your very best self on any occasion.
8. 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.
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 the Back
Today you will be taken through a wonderful and soothing yin yoga class that will help relax and ease tension in your back. By holding poses for prolonged periods you will lengthen your spine, reduce your stress levels, and finish this class feeling rejuvenated and energized.