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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Simple Stretches For Beginners
Yoga is the perfect style of exercise for improving overall flexibility. Whatever your level of flexibility, this session is all about getting you to feel good in your own body. Join Celest for this stress busting stretch session, that will leave you feeling totally relaxed and recharged. This video is the third and final in the 3 Steps To Yoga series.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Yin Yoga for Neck and Shoulders
This yin yoga class eliminates tension and tightness from your neck, shoulders, and upper body. By holding fewer poses for an extended period of time, you will benefit from increased circulation, improved mobility, and stress and anxiety reduction. Grab your mat and join Kassandra Reinhardt for this relaxing yin practice.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Restorative Shoulderstand
Support yourself. Created to rejuvenate the body through gentle poses, guided relaxation, and deep fluid breath cycles, this restorative inversion class will give you a shift in perspective and re-define comfort for your achy body. Join Yoga Expert Talya Lutzker in this Grokker Premium video that will leave you deeply replenished.