Yoga has well-documented benefits on both our physical and mental health. We live busy, hectic, sometimes stressful lives and yoga helps slow down before getting a restful night’s sleep. These are 7 poses I do before bed every night. I highly recommend you try them.
1. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama.
This is the first pose you should do. This breathing exercise helps focus the mind before you begin your evening decompression yoga.
2. Half pigeon pose.
Allow yourself to set in this pose for 3-5 minutes for each of your legs. It stretches your legs and hips effectively. It takes some practice but it will improve your overall flexibility over time.
3. Supta Baddha Konasana.
Again, a good length to hold this pose is 3-5 minutes. It stretches and strengthens the groin.
4. Caterpillar pose.
We recommend spending 3-5 minutes in this forward-fold pose. This strengthens and stretches the legs and hips.
5. Viparita Karani.
Viparita Karani is called the King of Restorative Yoga. This is one pose you won’t want to do if you’re pregnant, have neck problems, high blood pressure, or eye conditions.
6. Sphinx pose.
This is my favorite of the bunch. We recommend staying in this pose for 2-4 minutes. It strengthens and stretches both the abdominal area and back. Be sure not to tense up.
7. Child’s pose.
And we end with child’s pose. Be sure to practice your deep breathing. Hold for 5-10 minutes.