Seven Soothing Yoga Poses For Sleep, As Illustrated By Adorable Animals
We're putting the dog in downward dog!
Everyone has the occasional sleepless night. Sometimes no matter how much you toss and turn, you just can’t get any rest. If you ever find yourself having trouble dozing off due to stress and anxiety, there may be a simple solution: yoga.
Yoga is a natural sleep remedy that reduces stress levels and relieves body tension. We’ve got the scoop on seven soothing yoga poses you can try tonight for a better night’s sleep.
Who knew that shut-eye and Savasana could go hand in hand — or should we say paw in paw? Take a cue from these cute cats, dogs, and bunnies whether you're about to hit the hay for eight hours or take a quick catnap!
1. Boat Pose (Navasana)
Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Spread your legs apart and slowly lift them in the air using your core muscles with your hands extended outward. Feel free to bend your knees or keep your hands down on the floor if this pose is too difficult for you. Hold for 10 breaths.
2. Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)
Facing the ground, lower your body into a low push-up position. Avoid bending your elbows and keep your back straight. Hold for 10 breaths.
3. Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
While on your hands and knees, put your hands on the floor in front of you. Tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor as you push your pelvis up. Straighten your legs so your body makes an "A” shape. Hold for 20 breaths.
4. Seated Straddle Pose (Upavistha Konasana)
Sit down and straighten your legs into a straddle position. There should be about three or four feet between your feet. Keep your toes and knees pointed up while you grab onto your feet for support and slightly move your torso forward towards the floor. Keep your back straight and hold for 10 breaths.
5. Plow Pose (Halasan)
Lie on your back and slowly lift your legs over your head. Plant the toes of your feet on the ground behind you and rest your hands on the floor for support. Hold for 20 breaths.
6. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Kneel down with your knees slightly apart and your feet touching behind you. Move your torso over your legs and towards the floor. Extend your arms in front of you and hold for 10 breaths.
7. Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Lie on your back and close your eyes. Extend your arms a couple inches away from your body and have your palms facing up. Your feet should fall open with your toes pointing out and at least a foot between your feet. Lengthen your spine and relax your lower back. Stay in this position for ten minutes or more as your heart rate drops.
Or you could just pretend to be a cat and achieve the same result . . .
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