Are you looking for an ideal way to de-stress and soothe your mind and body before you go to sleep? Yoga just may be the key to do so. It has a therapeutic effect in many ways, including reducing stress levels in the body. Here are 3 of the top yoga poses to help you get to sleep easier.
Janu Sirsasana (the head-of-knee pose)
The way that this one works is you must sit down with your legs extended right in front of you. If necessary, bend your knees to proevent your spine from becoming rounded. Bend your right knee, opening your hip. Then, bring your right foot to your inner left thigh, touching the sole of your foot to your thigh. Your right knee should be as close to the ground as possible. You can use a cushion to support your knee. Inhale as your lengthen your spine. On the exhale, bend forward at the hips over your left leg. Your neck and spine should stay long here. Put your hands at either side of your left leg. Gaze at your left big toe, and focus on your breath. Repeat the process on your other side.
Start out lying on your back, and bring your knees up to your chest. Send your left arm (at shoulder height) to the side, with your palm up. Your knees should stay high. Bring them slowly to the right of you, until they are touching the floor. Put your right hand on your right knee. Gaze upwards, or just slightly off to your left side. Repeat the process on your other side.
Sit against your headboard or the wall. Your behind should be around 6 inches from the headboard or wall. Lie back, then extend your legs on the surface. Move yourself closer or farther until you are comfortable with the level of stretch you are receiving. Keep your arms to your side, with your palms facing upward. Breathe slowly and allow yourself to feel a stretch up the backs of your legs.
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