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Try These 5 Yoga Moves for a Good Night’s Sleep

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Looking for a way to relax before bedtime? Try yoga!

Here are five simple bedtime yoga poses to add to your evening routine.

Legs Up The Wall Pose

Lie down on the floor with your rear end touching the wall and your legs straight up the wall (making an “L” shape). Put your arms out to the side or parallel to your body. This pose is excellent for relaxation and stress relief. Close your eyes and hold this pose for about five minutes. Concentrate on your breath, breathing slowly and deeply and clearing your mind.

Standing Forward Bend

Stand next to your bed with your feet together. Fold forward as far as you can. Bend your knees to ease any strain, if necessary. This pose helps lower stress and reduces insomnia. Hold this pose for about 10 breaths. You should feel the tension in your legs and hips start to release.

Spinal Twist

Lie down on your bed. Bring your knees up and then rotate them to the left. Hold for 30 seconds. Return to center. Rotate to the right. Hold for 30 seconds. Return to center. Repeat three times. This pose relieves the tension through your spine.

Feeling tired? Learn more about healthy sleeping habits.

Child’s Pose

One of the most popular resting poses in yoga, you can easily do the child’s pose on your bed. Sit on your legs and fold your torso forward with arms either extended or by your side. Rest your forehead on the bed. The child’s pose helps ease the tension in your body and calms your mind. Stay in this pose for 10 long, deep breaths.

Corpse Pose

Lie flat on your back with legs extended and arms to your side or parallel to your body. Close your eyes. Focus all of your attention on your body and your breathing, releasing all the stress and worries from the day. Stay in this pose at least five minutes or until you fall asleep.

These five simple bedtime yoga poses will have you relaxed and sleeping soundly throughout the night in no time.

Consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Glenneth Reed

Glenneth Reed

A body positive health coach and personal trainer, Glenneth Reed blogs at Your Path to Fit, which focuses on health and wellness for women 35 and older who are ready to take charge of their health. She is a native Knoxvillian and still lives there with her husband, both UTK graduates. Learn more about her transition from being a couch potato to walking over 150 5Ks at www.yourpathtofit.com.

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Glenneth Reed

A body positive health coach and personal trainer, Glenneth Reed blogs at Your Path to Fit, which focuses on health and wellness for women 35 and older who are ready to take charge of their health. She is a native Knoxvillian and still lives there with her husband, both UTK graduates. Learn more about her transition from being a couch potato to walking over 150 5Ks at www.yourpathtofit.com.

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