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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Stretch and Lengthen
Yoga can improve flexibility and increase range of motion by stretching and lengthening the muscles. In this class, Celest will guide you through a calming and restorative sequence designed to release tension in the body.
6. 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.
7. Lower Body Release
Feeling tight in the hips, legs and lower back? Create space and release tension in lower body with this restorative yoga session that has been designed to stretch and lengthen muscles including the hamstrings, inner thighs and calves. This relaxing class is great for stress relief and calming the mind.
8. 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.
9. Anxiety Reducing Meditation
One of the best things you can do to calm an anxious mind is meditate. In this guided meditation, Amy will take you deep into a beautiful forest where you will be able to witness your thoughts and feelings without self judgement. Come back to this meditation every time you are feeling anxious, scattered, or feel the need to re-focus your energy.
10. Restorative Yin Practice
Being over stimulated and anxious can cause irritation and imbalance in our body systems. This wonderful yin and restorative yoga class will help nourish your senses and center your energy. Enhance your experience by lighting some candles, rubbing lavender essential oils on your pressure points, and grabbing an eye pillow.