When you think of exercises that can help you relax, yoga is often the default. This is because yoga is all about remaining calm while maintaining some uncomfortable positions that slowly become more comfortable the longer you practice. Yoga is even a great way to help kids relax, as it can decrease stress and improve attention and behavior, according to a study by Wayne State University. And heck, if yoga can help even children find their calm, then you know that’s powerful stuff! Calming yoga is wonderfully beneficial in clearing the cobwebs from your mind and helping you to find your center. Slow yoga is the most common style of yoga, it involves gentle classes with no flow between postures. Yoga poses are held for a longer period of time helping you to build and strengthen your muscles and increase flexibility. Slow yoga also involves simple breathing exercises to increase the flow of oxygen to your body and allow you to remain calm during your yoga practice. Slow yoga classes are sometimes referred to as Hatha yoga and these yoga flows are great for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike. If you find this style of yoga too slow and meditative for you and are looking for something a little more athletic, you might want to try Vinyasa Flow yoga. Yoga for Better Sleep by Julie Montagu
1. Full Body Yin Yoga
This yin yoga class is designed to stretch and open your entire body in a short amount of time. It is perfect for those days where you're on-the-go, feeling stressed and tense, and are looking to make some time to focus on your wellbeing. Grab a block and join Kassandra on the mat when you're ready.
2. Yin Yoga for Wrists & Feet
In this yin yoga class you will focus on stretching your wrists and feet. Give your extremities some much needed love and attention to improve circulation and ease any pain you may be feeling from working at a computer all day. By holding each pose for an extended period of time, you'll feel more lasting relief after class.
3. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yin Yoga for the Back
Today you will be taken through a wonderful and soothing yin yoga class that will help relax and ease tension in your back. By holding poses for prolonged periods you will lengthen your spine, reduce your stress levels, and finish this class feeling rejuvenated and energized.
4. 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.
5. Restorative Yoga
Need a break? Practice alongside our celebrated Anusara Expert Ashleigh Sergeant as she moves through a powerful restorative practice infused with guided and visual meditation, breathwork, and a deeply calming sequence of supported postures in this Grokker Premium video. This is a great class to do on a day your mind and body both need a break, and will also aid in the evening to easefully down-regulate the nervous system.
6. Restorative Heart-Opening Yoga
Experience 60 minutes of restorative yoga bliss in this relaxing practice for opening the heart. In this class, you'll be guided through a sequences of poses to open the shoulders and upper back so you can rest more comfortably in supportive, heart opening backbends. Follow Grokker Yoga Expert Talya Lutzker through this deeply relaxing sequence designed to ease stress, quiet restless thoughts, and bring you home to your hearts center.
7. 15 Minutes to Bliss
This guided meditation will lead you through a soothing sequence of supported poses to help you release tension from your fingers to your toes. Grokker Yoga Expert Matece Skow has skillfully created this practice that focuses on freeing both body and mind. Let go of the day and follow along with this video to fully inhabit a blissful and inner quiet.
8. Gentle Yoga for Forgiveness
In this gentle yoga class, you will focus on forgiveness. You will begin with a breathing practice to open the heart, followed by gentle, flowing movements to further expand and awaken the heart center. We finish with a special forgiveness practice in our final relaxation.
9. Thigh Energizer Sequence
Energize your body with this detoxifying thigh opening sequence that will leave you feeling great throughout the day. Join Sonia Doubell in this Grokker Premium Video for her series Yoga for Tension Relief, and melt away the stresses and strains of life!
10. Relaxing Evening Flow
This relaxing evening flow is absolutely perfect for when you've not had enough time for you morning yoga. Slow, meditative, and very soothing, this class is the absolutely perfect after work restorative flow. Join Celest Pereira in this Grokker Premium Video for your evening flow from the Morning Yoga Series.