Sleep is extremely important to your health and wellness, achieving your goals and feeling great. As you are winding down after a long day of work or after a Modo 8k training run, try a few Restorative Poses to set you up for a complete restful sleep. You will feel rejuvenated and refreshed in the morning.
Yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping the body and mind calm down and it is a great stress reliever.
Start in a comfortable seated position. Bring the soles of your feet to touch (Seated Baddha Konasana) and allow your hips knees to relax and open naturally. To make this position more comfortable, sit on a block or a pillow to allow the knees to relax below the hips. Close your eyes and connect to 10-15 breaths.
From your seated position, come onto hands and knees, and step your right foot forward. Stack your right knee over your ankle. Left knee on the floor toes tucked under. Relax your shoulders down and lengthen your spine forward. Allow the hips to soften and relax. Close your eyes and take 10-15 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
From hands and knees, place your right knee forward and slide your left knee closely behind. Separate your feet and slowly sit down in between your heels. If you need to elevate the hips adjust by sitting on a pillow or block. Relax into the outer hips and lengthen your spine. More open in your hips walk your hands forward and fold. Close your eyes and take 10-15 breaths.
To complete this short sequence put your legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) for 20 breaths.
Finish in bed in Corpse Pose (Savasana) and enjoy a peaceful nights rest