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. 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.
2. Women's Health: Yoga for Fertility
Open your whole self to creative abundance. Designed for women wishing to conceive, this gentle, supportive sequence encourages fertility through opening physically and receiving emotionally. Move through sweet grounding postures, centering breath-work, and intent-based guided meditation. Follow Grokker Yoga Expert Sierra Campbell in this class designed to connect your life creating force to your well-planned goals for motherhood. This Grokker Premium video is appropriate for all levels.
3. Mindful Evening Yoga
This Mindful Evening yoga session is all about connecting your mind and body. This flow will take you through a series of amazing meditative and gentle movements to leave you feeling relaxed from head to toe. Join Yoga Expert Celest Pereira for this rejuvenating and balancing class that will leave you in the most calm, serene state.
4. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
10. 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.