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The Best Before-Bed Yoga Sequence For Slumber

Jun 13 2015 - 2:20pm

Yoga before bed can be some of your best defense against insomnia. By calming down your body and your mind, you're putting yourself in a better position for sweet and restful slumber. Ready to get to bed? This yoga sequence will save the day.

Child's Pose

Start off your bedtime practice by cooling off in Balasana:

Learn about a variation of Child's Pose here [1].

Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend will feel like all the stress is pouring out of the top of your head:

Here's a deeper explanation of Standing Forward Bend [3].

Wide-Legged Forward Bend C

Wide-Legged Forward Bend C is another relaxing pose that will loosen up your shoulders and help you destress before bed:

Here are more details on how to do Wide-Legged Forward Bend C [5].

Butterfly Pose

The introspective Butterfly Pose gives your hips some love:

Check out these details on how to do Butterfly Pose [7].

Seated Straddle

Seated Straddle is an active pose, but it will also prep your body for sleep:

Read here for a variation that targets one hamstring at a time [9].

Head to Knee Pose A

Head to Knee Pose A gives your sides an amazing stretch. This is my favorite pose to practice before bed:

Check out these tips on how to get more out of Head to Knee Pose A [10].

Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose is an ideal inversion to try out before bed:

If you want more details on how to do Bridge Pose, keep reading [12].

Legs Up the Wall

Legs Up the Wall will instill a sense of calmness in your whole body, and it will also relieve aches and pains from a sore lower back or tight hamstrings:

Learn more about Legs Up the Wall [13] here.

Eagle Twist

Right before taking rest, increase side-to-side spinal flexibility with this reclined twist:

Savasana

Take rest in Corpse Pose before climbing into bed:

Having trouble relaxing? Here are four tips for sinking into Corpse Pose [15].


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