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. 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.
2. 5-Minute Meditations: Escape to the Beach
Remember that happy place on the beach from your last vacation? The sun is shining, the sand is warm, and the waves are gently lulling you into relaxation. During this visualization meditation, expert Stacy Conlon will guide you to a sense of calm reminiscent of your favorite private beach spot.
3. 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.
4. Daily Dose of Yoga: Gentle Flow
This restorative yoga class will help you relax the body and calm the mind. Join Grokker yoga expert, Micheal James Wong as he demonstrates a series of postures that will relieve tension in the body, settle the nervous system and leave you feeling stress free and peaceful.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Restorative Yoga to Lengthen the Spine
Matece shows you how to help you keep your spine flexible, agile, and create a space that will strengthen it's ability to feed take care of the body. In this Grokker premium video, she will help calm your mind in this soothing restorative pose by guiding your mind through a journey of forgiveness and understanding. If you felt encouraged and refreshed from this video, please explore Matece Skows collection called Restorative Yoga.
8. 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.
9. Restorative Yoga to Open Your Heart
Open your heart to find internal peace. This practice will guide you through a series of postures, meditations and breath work that are designed to powerfully and gently open the heart center. Join Grokker Yoga Expert, Matece Skow, as she guides you to relax deeply, breathe fluidly, and let go in this Grokker Premium video. All Levels.
10. Bedtime Yoga
Welcome to Celest's Bedtime Yoga. Using deeply restorative and meditative poses to calm and still your mind, this video will leave you feeling wonderfully relaxed and ready for bed. So grab your pajamas and join Celest on the mat for the ultimate bedtime yoga session.