Most of us spend the majority of our days getting shit done! When we finally lay down for bed, it’s hard to turn off the “doing” mind. We try to numb out by scrolling social media, but what if you spent those precious moments calming your mind with a nourishing yoga practice? Try this 25-minute bedroom restorative yoga sequence to wind down and get a prepare you for a deep sleep. Throw on some soothing music as you follow along :)
BED TIME YOGA
FIVE BENEFITS OF A RESTORATIVE PRACTICE
1. Improves your immune system and makes you less of a victim in the face of all those cold and flu viruses flying around.
2. These postures create optimal conditions for us to cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation and most importantly to release unnecessary habitual tension in the body and mind.
3. Discovering where and how we hold tension helps us find room for change, so that tension won’t limit our physical, emotional, and mental wellness and our comfort in our body.
4. The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. The system that governs our state of relaxation. We reduce the stress-provoking flight-or-flight response that is the state of being for most of us all day.
5. Plus this practice draws attention inward and away from external events and situations of the world. With your awareness directed within, the practice becomes a sanctuary for the mind and spirit from which you can take a deeper look at who you are, what you want, and how you can serve the world.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite authors and all around human being. Excuses Begone is a FANTASTIC read, if you want to learn more about about his studies and mindfulness practices. Here is a quick meditation to accompany your bedtime routine.