Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Yoga Poses You Can Do Without Leaving Your Bed

Good news for yogis and sleep-enthusiasts alike: You can take your practice to bed.
And there is good reason to do so: The ancient practice of yoga promotes a bounty of mind and body benefits, including things like strength and flexibility, stress relief and even a sunnier disposition.
"People underestimate the power of those few minutes before we get out of bed and rush into our day," says Vyda Bielkus, co-founder of Boston's Health Yoga Life. "In those moments, we can set up some clear intentions and choices."

According to a 2013 survey from IDC, most of us aren't giving ourselves this moment to be mindful: 89 percent of 19-24-year-old smartphone owners reach for their cell within 15 minutes of waking up. Swapping that phone-checking habit for a a few artful stretches could be your ticket for a better day or a more restful slumber (63 percent of a similar demographic take their devices to sleep with them). "Quieting the mind brings us back to center," the yoga instructor says. "Yoga is a great way to unwind from stress or greet the day."

Before you get moving atop the covers, there are few things to keep in mind. Know that you won't be able to go as far in a posture on the bed. A floor's hard surface offers more support and resistance for stretch. And, take note of the sensations in your body: If anything hurts or feels too intense, plop yourself into child's pose (see below) to recover. Now, check out these nine, mattress-approved poses below. (MORE)

Source: Huffington Post

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