In the past, we’ve written about doing yoga before going to sleep. It loosens your muscles and helps you get a good night’s rest. It also lets you relax and ease into a sleepy state of mind.
Today we’re writing about how doing yoga in the morning, before you get out of bed, can help you get ready for the day. It’s not healthy to jump out of bed and try to start your day immediately. Taking a moment to breathe and ease into the day reduces anxiety and helps you get a great beginning.
Instead of hitting the snooze button, wake up a little earlier than you usually would. Some blogs will tell you that the best way to start yoga in bed is with slow, steady breathing. We think that’s great as long as you aren’t likely to drift back off. For many people, it’s a recipe for oversleeping! It’s essential to prepare to do yoga the night before by wearing loose PJs that are easy to move in. And have props ready to help support your stretches. That can be pillows or actual yoga props if you practice yoga.
Doing yoga in bed is all about simple stretches that ease you into the day and help work out any kinks from odd sleeping positions. Poses like matsyendrasana and paschimottanasana help your spine. Balasana stretches your ankles, hips and thighs while both supta baddha konasana and ananda balasana stretch your groin, knees and thighs. It’s only after poses like these ones that can easily be accomplished while in bed that we would recommend deep breathing. Once you have stretched, you’ll be awake and alert, and breathing can help you center yourself and find calm energy to face the day.
Some people have made whole bed yoga routines designed to help people wake up. This one is intended to improve blood flow in the shortest time possible while loosening up the body. It’s like a warm-up for a workout. But the workout is just living your daily life feeling less stressed and more alert.
Our team is always interested in finding small ways to improve the quality of life. Giving five or 10 minutes of your morning to yoga in bed could help your whole day run more smoothly. You’ll have fewer aches and more energy. Getting out of bed feeling less stressed and more energized is an excellent way to set you up for a fulfilling day!