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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Gentle Evening Yoga
Welcome to your Gentle Evening Yoga flow. This session will take you through a number of deep, meditative stretches and poses, designed to get rid of all of the muscle tension that has accumulated throughout the day. Join Celest and get ready to unwind, no matter how busy or stressful your day has been.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Restorative Yoga: Discover Body, Mind & Spirit
Restorative Yoga is perhaps the most gentle, loving and healing of all the types of yoga. This Grokker Premium video leads a very still and quiet practice. This restorative sequence will deeply soothe your soul, quiet your mind and relieve your body of pain and discomfort. The intention is to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system facilitating the body's own healing resources and allowing for deep rest and relaxation. Join Grokker Yoga Expert, Cindy Walker, as she leads you though one of the most beneficial types of yoga. Appropriate for beginners to advanced students.
8. 7 Day Body & Soul Boot Camp: Nourishing Yoga
In this nourising 30-min yoga practice, you'll move through a gentle yin sequence to deeply release your lower back in order to ease pain and improve alignment. Brett will then guide you through a Yoga Nidra to allow your body to completely relax and rejuvenate. This practice is ideal before bed.
9. 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.
10. A Guided Relaxation
Use this guided relaxation, or Yoga Nidra, after any yoga practice or on its own. It is important to relax the nervous system after yoga exercises. The nervous system needs to integrate the effects of the poses so you can reap all the benefits.