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. Chair Yoga: Neck and Shoulders
Melt tension through the neck and shoulders with stimulative exercises for the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Grokker Yoga Expert Sierra Campbell will guide you into this simple, yet deeply restorative yoga and meditation practice focused on complete relaxation seated in a chair, in a car, or in flight. Sit back and soothe stress away with simple methods for lasting relaxation in this Grokker Premium video. Appropriate for all levels.
2. Happiness Meditation
A guided mindfulness meditation on the body and breathing with Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The focus is guiding your through true happiness which involves avoiding wishing ill for others and embracing goodwill for all humans. If everyone found true happiness, than everyone would be happy, treat each other, and become self-actualized. Through this transformation the world would be a different place.
3. Ujjai Breath and the Three Part Breath
This video offers a short primer on the intrinsic, powerful benefits of effortless breath control. These two practices are meant to assist you in any yoga practice by giving you basic exercises to strengthen your diaphragmatic focus through each inhale and exhale. In this Grokker premium video, Anusara instructor Sam Shakti Brown reminds us how to focus on the breath in order to maximize the physical and emotional gratifications of yoga.
4. Big Mind Meditation
A guided "big mind" meditation with Buddhist teacher Joseph Goldstein. In spiritual practice, time is not a factor. Practice cannot be measured in time, so let go of the whole notion of when and how long. The practice is a process unfolding, and it unfolds in its own time. It is like the flowers that grow in the spring. Do you pull them up to make them grow faster? I once tried to do that with carrots in my first garden when I was eight years old. It does not work.
5. Adyashanti - Just Sitting
This is a simple meditation that focuses on letting go and focusing on the moment. His simple and clear guidance helps you let go of the universe telling you what you should. It also helps you let go of your notions of what you need to change inside and outside of yourself at this moment.
6. Energy Meditation Series: Water
The intention of this meditation is to experientially connect you to your creativity through breathing exercises and guided visualizations. The focus is on the lower abdomen, or water center, which is the place to channel this creative energy and help you to go with the flow.
7. Yin for the Lower Body
Feel the benefits of a quiet mind, and a deeply relaxed lower body. In this challenging yet rewarding Yin Yoga sequence, you'll spend powerful meditation time opening your legs, hips, and the lower spine. Allow celebrated yoga Expert, Matece Skow, to guide you toward restoration of the lower body. She will leave you feeling relaxed, yet both physically and mentally awakened in this Grokker Premium video.
8. Hatha Yoga for Relaxation
This video features moves that will help you reduce stress whether your a beginner or an advanced yoga student.
9. Restorative Yoga to Lengthen the Spine
Matece shows you how to help you keep your spine flexible, agile, and create a space that will strengthen it's ability to feed take care of the body. In this Grokker premium video, she will help calm your mind in this soothing restorative pose by guiding your mind through a journey of forgiveness and understanding. If you felt encouraged and refreshed from this video, please explore Matece Skows collection called Restorative Yoga.
A guided meditation on emptying the mind with Buddhist teacher Gil Fronsdal. "The third form of patience is acceptance of truth. It is the willingness to see deeply, without resistance, the truth of the moment and the truth of the deepest levels of reality. This includes living in accord with the insight that at our core there is no self to build up, hang onto, or defend. Seeing the luminous emptiness at the center of all things means that we can begin to let go of grasping to a self-conscious and fixed idea of who we are. This requires a kind of patience, because deep spiritual insight is an affront to the ego. Most of us orient our lives around a limited view of ourselves; it can be quite frightening to let this view go. The patient acceptance of truth that allows us to let go is a personal strength developed together with the strengths of virtue, discernment, wisdom, resolve and loving-kindness." ~ Quotes by Gil Fronsdal