More and more men are practicing yoga. Both the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks have practiced yoga as part of their training due to the fact that it strengthens the core, builds upper body strength, balance, and stability. Yoga is also helpful in preventing injury, which makes it a great exercise for men who enjoy playing sports. And, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, yoga can also improve men’s sex lives, helping to enhance everyhting from their erections to their orgasms. If that’s not a great reason for men to practice yoga, then what is? Moving Meditation by Julie Montagu
1. Simple Positive Mindset Exercise
If you want to change your life and feel happier, the first thing to change is the relationship you have with your thoughts. Regardless of how successful, confident and healthy we are, everyone experiences moments of self-doubt and negative thought patterns. In this exercise, Julie will guide you through a simple five minute 'positive mindset' exercise that will allow you to reset your thinking and focus your attention towards more optimistic and happy thoughts.
2. Yoga for Energy and Inspiration
Feeling a little tired and unmotivated? You are not alone. Everyone has moments when we just don't have the energy or the will to do anything productive. However, the secret is to just get moving! Just 20 minutes of light activity to get your heart pumping and blood flowing will have you feeling instantly more inspired and revitalized. In this session, Julie will guide you through the yoga poses that she has designed specifically for those times when we are in need of a mental re-boot for more energy and inspiration.
3. Moving With The Breath
Correct breathing is an important part of a yoga practice. By connecting your breath to each movement you will be able to experience all the mental and physical benefits the practice has to offer. Join Celest for this easy to follow beginner class, that will have you feeling relaxed, balanced and happy.
4. Move for Balance
Practicing balance poses in yoga is a great way to improve focus and calm your mind. Physically, we strengthen and elongate our muscles, activate our core and align our body. Mentally, we are forced to be totally present in the here and now. In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through a series of dynamic balancing poses that will build strength in your body and remind you that emotional balance is well within your reach.
5. Energizing Full Body Flow
This class is an opportunity to practice what you have learned in the series so far including standing poses, inversions, arm balances, core stability and hip openers. Join Celest for this full body flow, that will have you feeling strong, energised and ready to continue with confidence on your yoga journey.
6. Sun Salutations for Beginners
The sun salutation is a series of yoga postures performed in a graceful flow, commonly found at the beginning of a yoga practice. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. Join Celest Pereira for this step-by-step guide to sun salutations that is designed to gently warm up the body, release tension in the muscles, and leave you feeling energized and excited for your next yoga session. This video is the first of three sessions in the 3 Steps To Yoga series.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.