6 Yoga Poses To Do Before Bed
The Siddhasana pose literally translates as “perfect posture” and is good for the knees – so it’s great for beginners. Place yourself in a seated position on your yoga mat and bring one heel to your groin and the opposite ankle over the first leg and resting in the fold between the thigh and the calf. Keep your spine straight and inhale and exhale slowly and gently.
This has the same benefit of the first yoga pose, except it can help stretch the muscles all the way up your sides. Turn to the left, place your left hand flat on the floor and keep your arm straight. You should be able to feel the stretch in your neck and along the side of your body. Inhale and exhales 30-35 times and repeat on the opposite side.
The Uttanasana translate to intense stretch – but don’t be put off by the name! Feet should be flat on the ground, bend forward from the hip joints and not the waist. Once you are in position, place your palms on the back of your ankles. If you’re new to this and not as flexible, then you can cross your forearms in front of you to develop the stretch.
The Locust Pose is essentially a spine stretch exercise that uses upper and middles back strength so your leg weight is lifted as high as your body allows. It’s fantastic for developing flexibility, coordination, strength and stamina. Start face down and slowly raise your head and legs, while raising your arms behind you. You can either do a full locust pose or a half locust pose – the latter is where you keep your feet and legs flat on the floor.
This pose has so man benefits for your body – especially before bedtime. The Reclining Bigtoe Pose stretches the hamstrings, calves, groin, inner thighs and lower spine. It also develops balance and improves digestion. Simply lay flat on the floor, slowly raise one leg and hold it as vertically as you can. You can use a resistance band to really get the most out of the stretch. Repeat the same with the opposite leg.
The Corpse Pose is the finishing touch to your bedtime yoga session designed to encourage deep mental relaxation. Lay on your back with your arms and legs spread at approximately 45 degree angles. Close your eyes, deepen your breath and relax “into” the floor. Flex your fingers and toes and search your body for muscular tension. When you find a tense area, make a conscious effort to release it. After 10-15 minutes, roll to the side in a foetal position and get up when you’re ready.
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