Preparing for bed is part of our entry in to sleep, so try these poses to better prepare your nervous system to relax and restore.
Whatever you chose to practice before bed, make sure it creates ease in the nervous system and doesn’t heat you up. The body naturally drops in temperature before going into deep sleep so help this transition with soothing moves.
According to licensed physical therapist and celebrated yoga teacher Lara Heimann “This gentle prep is your invitation to go to sleep with more balance and harmony in the body, breath, and mind.”
The purpose of the poses in the sequence below is to wring out the stress of the day, slow down the breath, and focus the mind to declutter your thoughts before slumber
Cat/Cow in Quadruped:
- On all fours, cat/cow the spine and focus on exhaling with the mouth open to release built-up stress and soften the jaw.
- Move the spine with arms straight to free tension in the back.
- Repeat 10x.
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