As the seasons change, our sleep routines can get thrown off balance. Don’t worry, yoga can help. I know, we keep saying that. But it’s true. While yoga isn’t going to fix all of your life’s problems, it sure does a good job of covering a lot of the basics. Give these poses a try for a week or so. Then, come join us for a class. We’d love to see you. Don’t be shy if you’re a beginner. Our classes are for everyone, and you won’t feel out of place.
Twisting releases tension in your spine and helps you relax. Try a simple supine spine twist. It can be great for settling your tummy too.
- Lie on your back.
- Pull your knees toward your chest.
- Grasp the outside of your left knee with your right hand.
- Gently twist your knees toward the floor on your right.
- Turn your head to the left for a little extra stretch.
- Breathe deeply. Hold the pose for about 30 seconds. Then do the same on the other side.
Upside Down Poses
This is an easy one for beginners. And, it is surprisingly relaxing at bedtime. Simply lay on your back with your legs straight in the air against a wall. Release your shoulder blades and relax your arms, palms up. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Stay in this pose as long as you are comfortable. Don’t fall asleep!
If you are new to yoga, corpse pose might sound a little morbid. But it is one of our favorites. We end most of our classes with corpse pose, and it isn’t unusual to hear someone snoring after a minute or two. It’s that relaxing. And, anyone can do it. It is great for lowering blood pressure and your heart rate.
- Lie on your back.
- Separate your feet about as wide as your hips.
- Place your arms at your sides, palms up.
- If it makes you more comfortable, roll a towel to place under your neck or knees.
- Inhale deeply and slowly. Exhale deeply and slowly. Inhale. Exhale. Get up slowly, and go to bed for a great night’s sleep.
If you try these poses and like them, give a regular yoga class a try. Come see us at Zenya in Port Warwick.