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. The "I Hate Stress" Sequence
Stress leads to bad eating habits, tension, illness, and disease, but keeping a regular stress-relieving yoga practice helps eliminate it. Follow this fun and easy routine from expert Tara Stiles to start feeling more relaxed and comfortable.
2. Mountain Pose Tutorial
The mountain pose, or Tadasana, looks easy but there is more to it. Once you learn the proper alignment of this pose, you can practice it anywhere.
3. 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.
4. Confidence Building Guided Meditation
This short guided meditation, created by Scott Mills, Ph.D., allows you to quickly deepen your experience of confidence and boldness in your daily life. For free guided meditation downloads and information on coaching.
5. Taoflow: Squat Sequence
This is a forty-minute Taoflow Lab where you will learn proper alignment, breathing techniques and of one of the most important positions for overall health and longevity: Womb Squat. Class begins with a few minutes of free-style Shaking to clear the mind and warm up the body. Then, follow Qigong Expert Cain Carroll to move into Joint Opening exercises to increase circulation and awareness of the joints in preparation for in-depth study and practice of Womb Squat. Students of all levels are welcome to check out this Grokker Premium video.
6. Deep Stretching Therapeutics: Hips
In this 30 min therapeutic class, you will learn basic anatomy and range of motion for optimal hip health. Follow Grokker Therapeutics Expert Robyn Capobianco to release restrictions through self massage and asana. In this Grokker Premium video, Robyn shows you how to open up the joint and reload the system using a combination of corrective exercises and yoga. All levels.
7. 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.
8. Taoflow: 40 min. Basics
This is a forty-minute set of Taoflow basics. Class begins with traditional Shaking toclear the mind, detox the cells and rejuvenate the whole body. Then, the sequence movesthrough some of the basic Taoflow standing postures and movements, followed by gentlefloor work to open the hips, unwind the spine, and chill the mind. Students of all levelsare welcome.
9. Build Calm Energy: A Gentle Flow
Start your day off with a yoga routine that will build calm energy to last through your entire day. This sequence builds calm and focused balanced energy in your entire body and mind.
10. Mindfulness Meditation
A guided meditation with spiritual teacher Adyashanti. The art of allowing everything to be as it is. "When we sit without a demand on this moment, without waiting for the next moment, without waiting to get it -- whatever "it" is -- when we are not waiting to get enlightened or to get love, peace, or a quiet mind, and when we stop demanding anything from ourselves -- then the sacred opens up simply because there is no demand being made upon it. True sacred relationship with this moment flowers when we are not asking it to be other than it is. Then the beauty blossoms. But if we ask the smallest thing of this moment, then we start to miss the beauty. Our asking distorts what we are able to see and experience in ourselves. The mind thinks that to be free, to be liberated or enlightened means to be wiped clean of all unpleasant experiences, but that's not the way it is. The Divine wouldn't dare defile itself by removing something. That would be like cutting off your arm. But to experience these same emotions or experiences as the mystery, as God, and as the mystery of yourself, is to totally transform them." ~ Quotes by Adyashanti