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 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.
2. 7 Day Body & Soul Boot Camp: Heart Opening Flow
Led by Grokker expert Brett Larkin, this class is slow, nourishing, and focuses on strength and alignment in your upper body. You'll flow through a heart-opening vinyasa sequence to re-align your shoulders, close the front ribs, and engage through your core. It will leave you feeling calm, grounded, present, and re-connected to your heart.
3. Restorative Yoga
Need a break? Practice alongside our celebrated Anusara Expert Ashleigh Sergeant as she moves through a powerful restorative practice infused with guided and visual meditation, breathwork, and a deeply calming sequence of supported postures in this Grokker Premium video. This is a great class to do on a day your mind and body both need a break, and will also aid in the evening to easefully down-regulate the nervous system.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yin Yoga for the Back
Today you will be taken through a wonderful and soothing yin yoga class that will help relax and ease tension in your back. By holding poses for prolonged periods you will lengthen your spine, reduce your stress levels, and finish this class feeling rejuvenated and energized.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.