These Relaxing Yoga Poses Will Help You Drift Off To Sleep
Yoga isn’t just about learning how to stand on your head and tying yourself in ever-more-intricate knots. Yoga can actually an amazing tool to help you get a better night’s sleep – and the good news is, you don’t have to be super-bendy to enjoy all the benefits of a bedtime yoga practice.
If you’ve never tried yoga before and want to ease yourself in slowly, you’re in luck. Here are some really basic poses you can try out before bedtime – they’ll help stretch your muscles and relieve tension, and the deep breathing that accompanies each move will help prepare your body for sleep. Altogether now… ommmm…
Yoga poses all have their own name in Sanskrit – Child’s Pose is known as Balasana. Start out on all-fours and bring your big toes together, so they’re touching. Your knees will fall wide apart naturally. Sink your hips backwards towards your heels, and keep your arms extended – your forehead should eventually touch the ground. Now – relax! Take some long, slow breaths, rock your forehead from side to side to ease tension in your brow, and enjoy the stretch right down your spine.
Cat / Cow
Also known as Marjaryasana and Bitilasana, this pose is great if you’ve spent the day sitting at a desk and developed tension in your shoulders and back. Again, the pose starts off on all-fours, with your hands in line with your shoulders and your knees in line with your hips.
Here’s where the cat / cow part comes in. Tilt the crown of your head and tailbone towards the ground, creating that tell-tale arch that you’ll have seen if you’ve ever got on the wrong side of a kitty. Then reverse this position, bringing tailbone and crown towards the ceiling. Your stomach should be released towards the floor.
You can alternate between these two poses as much as you like. If you inhale into cow pose and exhale into cat pose, you can also start regulating your breathing ahead of a great night’s sleep.
This pose is called Supta Jaṭhara Parivartānāsana – yeah, we don’t know where to start with the pronunciation either, so we’ll stick with Supine Twist for now. Lie on your back and bring both knees into your chest. Let your knees fall over to one side and bring your arms out into a T-shape for an incredible spine stretch. To deepen the stretch, turn your head to look to the side opposite your knees. You’ll feel ready to climb into bed and doze off after this one.
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