Stretching after Exercise, Stretching before Exercise, Vinyasa,
Cooling down your body after exercise is essential. A cool down involves stretching the muscles that have been worked in order to maintain flexibility as well as avoid cramps and injury. Whether following a cardio or strength workout or after playing sports yoga is a brilliant option for your post-exercise cool down. In fact, there are a number of yoga poses that are particularly helpful for restoring your muscle tissue after exercise. What's more since yoga helps to calm the mind you are sure to feel refreshed and reenergised after your yoga cool down. The majority of those who exercise are well aware of the importance of stretching prior to their workout routine. However, many overlook the incredible option of practicing yoga not just as a workout in itself, but as a means of stretching their bodies prior to beginning a cardio or weight-lifting regimine. Yoga can be utilized to dynamically stretch and warm-up your muscles and many sportsmen and athletes now consider yoga a superior warm up to traditional stretching. Yoga for Energy and Inspiration by Julie Montagu
1. Taoflow: Hip Opening Meditation
Exhale tension from deep within the body. Begin with four traditional hip opening movements to warm and align the hips and spine, followed by 30 minutes of guided breathing meditation. This full sequence class is a complete system of inner energy cultivation, facilitating the free flow of blood and vital energy, while calming the mind and settling the spirit. Join Taoflow Expert Cain Carroll for some powerful meditation in this Grokker Premium video, no experience necessary.
2. Deep Stretching Therapeutics: Upper Body
Counteract the damage done by hunching over the computer, preparing dinner, driving, or giving your kids a bath. In this Grokker Premium video you'll learn how to open up your front body to release tension in your shoulders, neck and upper back. Grokker Yoga Therapeutics Expert, Robyn Capobianco, leads you through a deep stretching sequence that will ease pain, and restore the proper alignment of your upper spine. You will need a pair of yoga balls and 2 blocks. All Levels.
3. Shake and Flow: 20 mins
Busy day? No worries! Join Taoflow expert, Cain Carroll, for this 20-minute power-packed set of Taoflow. Master traditional shaking to clear the mind, scrub away tension, and rejuvenate every cell of the body. You’ll then move through a series of energy activation exercises that recharge your inner batteries and strengthen the joints, tendons and ligaments. This Grokker Premium video is a standing practice you can do anywhere; you don’t even have to take off your shoes. Even on the busiest of days you can always find at least twenty minutes to devote to your practice.
4. Gentle Yoga with Meditation
Follow the gentle ebb and flow of the breath. This easeful series of yoga poses will stimulate and tone all the major muscles, bones and tissues of the body. Join Grokker Yoga Expert Cindy Walker on this gentle journey ending in a deep meditation. This Grokker Premium video will bring you home to a peaceful, embodied presence. All levels welcome.
5. Yoga to Calm The Mind: Breathe
Warm up with a 10-minute sequence of meditative postures to elongate the abdomen, chest, and side body. Then alleviate anxiety with breathing practices to center the mind amid stress. Anxiety creates poor breathing habits by constantly stimulating the autonomic nervous system, ultimately changing the way we breathe. These poor breathing habits, which are caused by anxiety, actually contribute to the anxiety itself, creating a viscous cycle. Follow Grokker Yoga Expert Siri Peterson in this Grokker Premium video to rejuvenate the power of a healthy, natural breath. Let your breath bring you peace...
6. Hip Opening and Meditation
This is a thirty minute seated Taoflow practice. Class begins with four traditional hip opening movements to warm and align the hips and spine, followed by twenty minutes of guided skin breathing meditation. Follow Qigong Expert Cain Carroll through this powerful meditation. This Grokker Premium video is a complete system of inner energy cultivation, facilitating the free flow of blood and vital energy, while calming the mind and settling the spirit. No experience necessary. Students of all levels are welcome.
7. Dharma Discussion on Breath Meditation
Thanissaro Bhikkhu discusses breathing along with a variety of meditation techniques.
8. The Breath All The Way (Anapanasati)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu presents a dharma talk and discourse on the 16 steps involved in anapanasati mindfulness of breathing. Seekers of goodness who have gathered here please listen in peace. Listening to the Dhamma in peace means to listen with a one-pointed mind, paying attention to what you hear and then letting go. Listening to the Dhamma is of great benefit. While listening to the Dhamma we are encouraged to firmly establish both body and mind in samadhi, because it is one kind of dhamma practice. In the time of the Buddha people listened to Dhamma talks intently, with a mind aspiring to real understanding, and some actually realized the Dhamma while listening. Don't think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don't think that you're coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.
9. Strengthening the Outer Hips
Healthy hip muscles are the key to maintaining good balance, keeping good posture and providing effective locomotion. This Grokker Premium video will focus on strengthening the outer hip muscles- the adducter group as well as the gluteals. Strong outer hips (literally) help us stand, walk, and move through the world with strength, confidence, and ease. Grokker Yoga Expert, Siri Peterson, will move you through a strong asana sequence that will tone, strengthen and stretch the outer hip muscles, culminating in vashistasana, that will leave you feeling steady, grounded, and confident.
10. Yoga to Calm The Mind: Manage Stress
Strong body, calm mind. This all levels sequence is designed to focus the restless mind and guide you back to the openness and peacefulness of the present moment. By opening the back body, and giving the kidneys a squeeze, a flush, and more space, you will bring your stress hormones back into balance. Each asana in this Grokker Premium video will help you feel grounded, centered and ready to face the complexities of life with a strong and open heart. Join Anusara Expert, Siri Peterson, in this Grokker Premium video. All Levels