Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Calming Yoga Poses

Just before bedtime, feel the stress melt away by trying these 5 calming poses 


Yoga Pose to help you Sleep

Sleeping Swan
This relaxing yoga pose targets neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs.

Sit on floor with a pillow in front of you. Bend left knee, bringing sole of left foot to right inner thigh. Lift butt and extend right leg behind you.

Staying centered, gently hinge forward from hips, placing head on pillow. Extend arms forward, elbows slightly bent

Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Roll back up. Switch legs; repeat.
Tip: With each pose, breathe in and out through your nose to soothe the central nervous system.
Happy Baby
This relaxing yoga pose targets back, hips, and hamstrings.

Lie faceup. Bend knees into chest and grab inside edges of feet with hands, palms out.

Bring knees out to sides, then lower toward armpits, keeping heels above knees, feet flexed.

Hold for 8 to 10 breaths, gently rocking from side to side.

Bridge
This relaxing yoga pose targets hips and legs.

Lie face up with knees bent, feet flat on floor, arms extended by sides, palms up.

Keeping shoulders down, engage abs and press into heels to lift hips and back to form a diagonal line from shoulders to knees.

Hold for 8 to 10 breaths; lower

Seated Side Bend
This relaxing yoga pose targets neck, shoulders, back, and oblique’s.

    Sit on a pillow in a cross-legged position. Place left hand on floor to side of hip, left elbow slightly bent.
     
  Extend right arm by ear.

    Lean to left, keeping butt on floor, shoulders down.  
 
    Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Switch sides; repeat

Rag Doll 
This relaxing yoga pose targets neck, shoulders, back, and oblique’s. 
    
    Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Place right hand on left elbow, left hand on right elbow 

   Bend over from hips, letting arms and head hang down. 

  Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Gently roll back up

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