Life can be overwhelming at times, and yoga is a great way to relieve the anxiety that can come from stressful situations. You’d be amazed to see the effects that controlling your breathing can have on your body and your overall wellbeing. Sometimes just having something else to focus on can be incredibly helpful. Boston University’s School of Medicine has been able to establish a link between yoga and mood improvements, adding to the growing evidence of yoga benefits on state of mind. Hit the mat and discover for yourself how yoga can help you to unwind and remove the clutter from a busy mind. Yoga for Detox by Julie Montagu
1. Yoga for Detox
When you're feeling tired and weighed down, yoga is a great way to detoxify your body—and reboot your mind! In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through a series of yoga poses that specifically work on stimulating your internal organs including the kidneys, colon, liver and lungs. By twisting, bending and stretching your body you will begin to feel re-energised and full of feel-good, happy hormones.
2. 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.
3. Stretch and Lengthen
Yoga can improve flexibility and increase range of motion by stretching and lengthening the muscles. In this class, Celest will guide you through a calming and restorative sequence designed to release tension in the body.
4. Introduction To Backbends
Backbends are one of the most invigorating types of yoga pose. They stretch the hip flexors and help open up the shoulders and chest - an area where many of us hold tension. Join Celest as she guides you through this safe and easy to follow introduction to backbends.
5. Anxiety Reducing Meditation
One of the best things you can do to calm an anxious mind is meditate. In this guided meditation, Amy will take you deep into a beautiful forest where you will be able to witness your thoughts and feelings without self judgement. Come back to this meditation every time you are feeling anxious, scattered, or feel the need to re-focus your energy.
6. Restorative Yin Practice
Being over stimulated and anxious can cause irritation and imbalance in our body systems. This wonderful yin and restorative yoga class will help nourish your senses and center your energy. Enhance your experience by lighting some candles, rubbing lavender essential oils on your pressure points, and grabbing an eye pillow.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Daily Dose of Yoga: Gentle Flow
This restorative yoga class will help you relax the body and calm the mind. Join Grokker yoga expert, Micheal James Wong as he demonstrates a series of postures that will relieve tension in the body, settle the nervous system and leave you feeling stress free and peaceful.