Practicing yoga before going to bed is a great way to beat insomnia and have a truly relaxing and deep sleep. If you have difficulties falling asleep it is a wonderful alternative to sleeping pills as some poses are extremely relaxing before bed. Evening yoga will help alleviate the day’s stress and clear your mind for a calm sleep.Moving Meditation by Julie Montagu
1. Moving Meditation
Mediation is a way for us to quiet the mental chatter we have in our minds and focus on being present in the here and now. Through this practice we can start to feel a sense of inner peace and calm as we realise that we can simply observe our thoughts without judging them or ourselves. In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through her Moving Mediation sequence which has been design to bring you back to your breath so you can start to feel more balanced as you let go of any worries that are preventing you from experiencing happiness.
2. Move For Flexibility
Yoga is great for our physical lives because when our body feels good we feel more confident and happy. A regular practice will stretch out your limbs and improve flexibility, which is important for increasing our range of motion so we feel our best as we move through the day. In this Happy Yoga class, Julie will guide you through some of her favourite poses for increased flexibility and the release of muscular tension in the body.
3. Mindful Tea Drink For Happiness
Mindful tea drinking is a pleasant and practical way to bring mindfulness into your daily life. It is an easy but effective way to remind yourself to be conscious in the now, not worrying about the past or feeling anxious about the future. In this session, Julie will explain how she practices mindful tea drinking and shares her special happy tea tonic recipe.
4. Move for Balance
Practicing balance poses in yoga is a great way to improve focus and calm your mind. Physically, we strengthen and elongate our muscles, activate our core and align our body. Mentally, we are forced to be totally present in the here and now. In this Happy Yoga session, Julie will guide you through a series of dynamic balancing poses that will build strength in your body and remind you that emotional balance is well within your reach.
5. Positive Affirmations for Confidence
Positivity goes a long way in helping you to build a happier life. An affirmation is a statement we say to ourselves in order to re-wire our thoughts. Much like exercise, the repetition of positive affirmations can raise our level of feel-good hormones and completely change our mood. In this session Julie will share with you, four of her favourite positive affirmations for greater confidence, self-love and gratitude.
6. Simple Positive Mindset Exercise
If you want to change your life and feel happier, the first thing to change is the relationship you have with your thoughts. Regardless of how successful, confident and healthy we are, everyone experiences moments of self-doubt and negative thought patterns. In this exercise, Julie will guide you through a simple five minute 'positive mindset' exercise that will allow you to reset your thinking and focus your attention towards more optimistic and happy thoughts.
7. Daily Gratitude Practice
Did you know that taking note of what you are grateful for and going out of your way to thank the people in your life can improve your mental and physical health? In this session, Julie will guide you through a few simple steps you can take to be more grateful and optimistic each day.
8. 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.
9. How To Do a Digital Detox
Are you ready to invigorate your life by taking a digital detox? The average person spends a significant amount of time each day checking their devices and this often leads to overwhelm and mental stress. The good news is, we all have the power to limit the amount of interruptions caused by our digital devices. In this session, Julie shares her advice on how you can kickstart a 'digital detox' and reap the benefits of having more time and energy throughout your day.
10. 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.