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. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yin Yoga for Your Hips I
This is a relaxing and restorative yin yoga session is designed to open your hips, relax your lower body, and relieve tension. By extending pose holds, you will find extra space in your lower body and alleviate any stiffness and stress you may be feeling.
2. Restorative Yoga for Women
Women experience fatigue, hormonal shifts, and PMS symptoms. In this Grokker premium video you'll learn a restorative sequence to help soothe the body during this time of hormonal shifts. Grokker Yoga Expert, Matece Skow, will also give you the much needed opportunity to turn inward and listen to your body's wisdom. All Levels.
3. Chest, Arms & Upper Back Yin Yoga
This yin yoga class is designed to open your chest, arms, and upper back in order to create space and reduce tension. Many of our daily activities such as sitting at a computer or behind the wheel of a car cause us to hunch and round our backs, causing pain. This practice will counteract the effects of these activities and build strength.
4. 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.
5. Restorative Yoga for Better Sleep
Go beyond Shavasana and learn a simple series of poses which will prepare the body and mind for deep sleep. Grokker Yoga Expert, Matece Skow, demonstrates a simple, yet profoundly effective remedy for symptoms of insomnia with this guided sequence. This Grokker Premium video will take you through a series of full bodyrelaxation techniques and peacefully prepare you for the sleep required for optimal emotional and physical well-being. All Level.
6. Yoga for Travel: Calm Inner Center
Restore deeply. If you're feeling wiped out, stressed, or scattered from travel, this Grokker Premium video is the perfect remedy to put you at ease and bring you home to yourself, no matter what your surroundings are. Allow Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant to lead you back to your inner source of calm, revitalized energy. This short and sweet all-levels practice will leave you with a deep connection to self stability and a profound, centered awareness.
7. 30 Minutes to Unwind
Looking for a quick sequence to alleviate the body of stress and rejuvenate the mind? In this Grokker Premium video you will be guided through a short sequence to restore both the body and mind. Grokker Yoga Expert, Matece Skow, will guide you through two poses to shift into a more relaxed state that will help you to relax, rejuvenate, and open the heart and breath. All Levels.
8. 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!
9. Yoga For Lower Back Pain
The tight, achy, soreness and pain that comes from moving or twisting our backs makes us want to freeze and not move, and can perpetuate spinal immobility. This gentle yoga class will help loosen up what binds you and teach you safe and effective movements you can do to ease low back pain.
10. Bananasana Tutorial
Bananasana it provides physiological and energetic benefits. This is an instruction guide on how to do the pose and it will provide alternative ways to do the move and still receive physical benefits.