Whether you spend each day at a desk or on your toes, your commute is a quick walk or a very long driveway; you did a 20-minute HIIT workout or an hour of Pilates, your entire body gets put through its paces daily. So it is important to give it a little TLC at the conclusion of the day by stretching before bed. (BTW, here’s how to get the most from savasana in course, or, you understand, bed…)
“Stretching before bed not only relaxes you, it also keeps your muscles flexible so you’re less likely to experience discomfort during everyday activities,” says Sarah Levey, a yoga instructor in Y7 Studio in New York City. And before you tuck in doing it benefit and can considerably affect the rest of your body receives through the night, which is the greatest benefit of beginning a night yoga routine.
For the Very Best shuteye, try this night yoga routine created by Levey and Kay Kay Clivio of all Pure Yoga at New York City.
To get the most out of stretching before bed, while in every yoga pose, breathe out through your nose. It has a calming effect on the nervous system.
Targets: neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, and thighs
Sit on the floor with pillow facing you. Bend left knee bringing sole.
Lift buttocks and stretch the right leg. I am staying focused hinge forward from hips, placing a head on a pillow.
Extend arms forward, elbows slightly bent. Hold for 8 to 10 breaths.
Roll up. Legs; replicate.
Standing Forward Fold
Targets: back and neck
Stand with feet about six inches apart and from the buttocks, fold chest over, hitting towards the ground or bending arms and grabbing opposite elbows above the head.
Exhale and lengthen down through the crown of your head.
Hang and hold for 15 seconds, gently swaying from side to side if wanted. (This before-bed stretch is top-notch for firming up the hamstrings you work so hard through these six exercises.)
Starting in downward facing the dog, step right foot out of proper hand and bend the knee, coming to a lunge position, right thigh parallel to the ground, toes turned slightly out.
Come to rest elbows on the floor. Keep neck and spine in line, and push left heel away, keeping hips square.
Hold for 15 minutes. Repeat on the left side.
Up The Wall
Targets: glutes and hamstrings
Sit facing the wall and lie onto your spine.
Moving buttocks as adjacent wall as possible, lift legs and break the back of thighs against the wall, legs perpendicular to the ground.
Rest with your arms out to sides, palms up. Hold for 15 minutes. (BTW this yoga pose is fantastic for stretching before bed, but also for glowing skin and reducing PMS symptoms like cramps.)
Targets: buttocks and legs
Lie faceup with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms extended by sides, palms up.
Keeping down shoulders, engage abs and push into heels to lift back and buttocks to form a diagonal line from shoulders to knees.
Hold for 8 to 10 breaths; reduced.
Seated Forward Fold
Targets: Trainers and Trainers
Sit on the floor, back straight, legs together and stretched out in front of you.
Flex feet (keeping them active) and bend forward from hips, reaching for feet (or as much as feels comfortable) together with hands.
Hold for 15 minutes.
Seated Side Bend
Targets: neck, shoulders back, and obliques
Sit pillow at a cross-legged position. Put left hand on the floor into the side of the hip, left elbow. Extend right arm.
Lean-to abandons, keeping buttocks on the floor, shoulders down.
Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Sides; repeat.
Targets: backbone, buttocks, and hips
Lie on your back, lift legs and bend knees, toes flexed towards the ceiling.
Grab large toe of each foot with various hands and further bend knees. Rock left to right, softly massaging on the spine, if able.
Hold for 15 seconds. (Related: The Mind-Body Benefits of Getting a Massage)
Targets: hips, glutes, lower back
Lie on your back with legs extended in fright of you.
Lift right leg, bend the knee, and hug leg arms into the chest for five seconds.
Raise left leg towards the ceiling (or as large as you can), bend right knee outward, and put right ankle against left quad. Move hand and pull the leg towards the body.
Hold for 15 minutes. (And if you’re not stretching before bed, then here’s how to crank up the burn off of your yoga flow.)
Climb into bed and lie down, legs slightly apart and stretched out in front of you, arms by your sides with palms upward. Close your eyes and bring attention to the breath.
Hold for 15 minutes or till you fall asleep.
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