There are many poses in yoga that are designed to invigorate the body and mind. Many poses awaken the body so practitioners can make that mind-body connection through vigorously physical movements. While many poses and sequences of poses can help with this awakening, there are others that are designed specifically to allow the body and the mind to begin to quiet and calm down. It is in these poses that we create sequences for bedtime yoga.
Bedtime yoga, yoga practiced before going to sleep in order to help the body find relaxation, combines non-strenuous poses with deep breathing techniques. The combination of the two gives the brain signals that it is safe to relax and that being in fight or flight mode is no longer necessary.
We hold so much tension and stress with us throughout the day, that sometimes our bodies need that gentle reminder before bed that it is, in fact, time to sleep. That’s what bedtime yoga is all about.
The bedtime yoga video below is 10 minutes of gentle stretching and deep breathing designed to give your body those signals it needs in order to settle in for the night. Remember to hold each pose for five deep breaths in through the nose and out through the nose before moving on to the next pose.
Keep in mind that you can do this practice with your eyes closed if you’d like to make your bedtime yoga a little more meditative. Whatever feels good to you in any specific moment, you always have the option and ability to go with it. By the end of these 10 minutes, you’ll be ready to fall into your deepest sleep.
Sweet dreams, yogis.
Do you have somewhere you’re feeling aches and pains? Let us know, and we’ll create a yoga sequence to help relieve the tension and worked up stress. Stiff neck? Sore back? Tight hamstrings? We’re listening!