Restorative Yoga  - 15 minute practice

Restorative yoga is better than sleep for releasing tense muscles, relieving joint aches, and transitioning the mind and body quickly from stress to calm. Practice these postures for up to 3 minutes before bed, for a deep restful sleep. The benefits are detailed below.
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RELAXING MUSIC

bound angle

Opens the hips and groin. Stretches the shoulders, rib cage and back. Stimulates the abdominal organs, lungs and heart.

wind release

Releases gas trapped in large intestine. Stretches the cervical spine (neck). Improves the digestion system. Aides in elimination.

spinal twist

Stretches the back muscles and spine. Stimulates the kidneys, abdominal organs, urinary bladders and intestines. Releases stress. If the knee is straightened, it stretches the hamstrings and strengthens the legs.

turtle hug

Releases the back and the spine. A nice release from backbends.

thread the needle

Stretches the hamstrings and quads, if the elbow is used to push the thigh, it opens the hips as well.

happy baby

Gently stretches the inner groin and the back spine. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue.

child's pose

Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. Child's Pose (Balasana) Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue. Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported.

pigeon forward bend

Provides a gentle, potent opening of the hips, and external rotation of the front hip. Stretches the quadriceps and hip flexors of the back leg.

legs up the wall

A FANTASTIC POSE BEFORE BED... legs up help calm your body and mind relieving stress and anxiety. When the legs are stretched up the wall and are higher than the heart, gravity can help the circulation of both blood and lymphatic fluid.

rest and sleep

pigeon forward bend

Provides a gentle, potent opening of the hips, and external rotation of the front hip. Stretches the quadriceps and hip flexors of the back leg.