Yoga can help you sleep better, ease aches and pains, breathe more deeply and soothe anxiety and depression among other things. As a 17 year practitioner and registered yoga teacher, I love to share the benefits of yoga with the world.
Most people have heard of yoga by now and most have also formed an opinion about it. Let’s clear up a few misconceptions:
- Yoga is a religion. Wrong; yoga can play an active spiritual role for Hindus and other faiths but for most of us it serves as a great tool to live a more abundant life.
- Yoga takes too much time. Nope!!; you do not have to practice yoga 7 days a week for an hour at a time to feel the benefits. 5-10 minutes 3-5 days a week will make a huge difference.
- I am not flexible enough. Perfect fit…Yoga is not only for the already-flexible people in the world; it is for any person who can breathe.
- Yoga is not for super athletes because it is too easy. Think again; the players of Seattle Seahawks (among other professional athletes) have a regular yoga and meditation practice that they credit with helping them improve their skills. Want proof: Link 1 and Link 2
Here are 3 poses anyone can do in their bedroom. Any time you choose to do these poses will help you in myriad ways. The ideal would be them twice a day; once when you wake up and once as you are going to bed. Have fun and enjoy the abundance that starts to flow.
With hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips (this is closer than you think), exhale and allow the belly button to push up through the spine and round out the back.
On the inhale, allow the gaze to lift to the ceiling, draw the shoulder blades towards the hips. Repeat 3-5 times, slowly, with deep, long breaths.
Standing Side Lean:
Stand in front of the wall, heels 3-4 inches from the wall with shoulders gently touching the wall. Reach the arms overhead without lifting the shoulders, clasp the hands. Inhale and lengthen to spine to grow tall, exhale and gently lean to one side. Keep both shoulders and hips touching the wall. Stay here for 3-5 long, deep breaths and use your inhale to lift back to starting position. Repeat to other side.
Lie on the floor as shown, as you exhale, allow the knees to fall to one side, let them rest on the floor and then open your opposite arm to the floor. Rest here for 3-5 long, deep breaths and use your inhale to lift back to starting position. Repeat to other side. Variations: It is always good to use easier versions of a pose when you begin. Here are 3 for this twist: A) Use a pillow to prop your knees up off the floor. B) Keep the elbow bent and let your hand rest on the shoulder. C) Use a pillow to prop your arm up off the floor.
Please send any questions you have regarding these or other yoga poses; that’s what I’m here for.