With yoga you are combining exercise with meditation, which is great for improving mental clarity and focus. As yoga requires a lot of concentration on something specific, it is easy enough to put your distractions aside. You can clear your mind and feel lighter physically and emotionally. The more you do practice, the easier it will become to detach yourself from your thoughts that interrupt your concentrationIf you have a lot going in your head, yoga is great to help you clear your mind, especially through breathing exercises. As meditation, yoga and breathing require a lot of concentration you may find that you think less about what is going around you and more on the exercise you are performing. By clearing your mind you will feel much calmer.Yoga for Better Sleep by Julie Montagu
1. 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.
2. Yoga for Every Day
In this class Julie will take you through the exact yoga sequence she does every day to keep her feeling energized, balanced and happy. In addition to strengthening and toning your body, the mental benefits of a regular daily yoga practice include stress relief, mental clarity, focus and increased confidence. Are you ready to become a healthier, happier version of you?
3. Move for Stress Relief
Is stress holding you back from living your best life? It is almost impossible to feel our best when we are experiencing stress. In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through the ultimate stress-relieving yoga flow, full of postures, poses and sequences that will extract tension from your body and allow you to mentally detach yourself from troubling, stressful thoughts.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Mindful Eating: 5 Easy Tips To Get Started
Do you ever find yourself rushing through your mealtimes? Or perhaps you get to the end of a busy day completely starving and craving a sugar fix because you skipped a meal? Mindful eating is the act of truly paying attention to what we are eating, when and why. In this session, Julie will explain how a mindful approach to eating can greatly improve your habits and behavior around food. Follow her simple mindful eating exercise at your next meal and you will become more conscious of the way your body reacts to your food choices and the manner in which you eat.
7. 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.
8. Mindful Productivity
In this busy world, time-management and productivity are hot topics. Everyone wants to know how they can get on top of their to-do list. In this session Alister will share a a number of mindfulness practices, we can use each day to become more aware of the way we use and misuse time. Discover a number of simple tools and techniques you can use to greatly improve productivity and get more out of your day.
9. Mindful Creativity
Creativity is about seeing things from a different perspective or viewpoint. Mindfulness is particularly good at developing this ability because it is all about stepping back from your thoughts and emotions rather than getting caught up in them. In this session Alister will share some ways in which you can tap into the creative side of your brain through the practice of mindfulness.
10. Leadership Lesson
Increased self-awareness, self-knowledge, empathy, and compassion all play a vital role in the modern-day leader’s toolkit. This exercise will help you to be more mindful of your leadership style by asking you to consider your key values, personal strengths, and weaknesses. Through this awareness you will be able to lead with a stronger sense of confidence in yourself. Take 5 minutes to write down the questions posed in this video and allow yourself 25 minutes to complete your responses. If it takes you longer then no worries. Spend as much time as you like.