I recently posted about things I’m in LOVE with right now and part of that was bedtime yoga. Anyone that knows me knows I am a high energy, never sitting, girl on the go so the calmness of yoga in any sense was a bit intimidating to me, I even felt silly just sitting there breathing and focusing on just breathing. Weird!!!
This year I am pushing myself and my family to try new things and so I have decided that I’d give yoga another try but this time I’m going to do it in my bedroom alone with the lights turned down and just me and the instructor on the tv. Surprisingly enough, I am actually enjoying the relaxation of bedtime yoga. I turn the lights down and put some calming oils in my essential oil diffuser and just calmly do the stretch as directed by the instructor. Some of the stretches are even difficult for me and I have done stretching my whole life, do not let that get you down, do the best you can to the best of you abilities.
I think the most benefit for me, personally, is just sitting in the calm and focusing on my breathing the exact thing that freaked me out about yoga in the first place. Things get so crazy sometimes that the world can be overwhelming and just sitting in the calm before bed, clearing my over active mind and relaxing my muscles helps me fall into a deeper more peaceful sleep.
I read that during a recent study through Harvard Medical School, after 8 weeks of daily yoga practice people began to see improvements in their sleep quality. I’m only on week three and I am already feeling the benefits.
Benefits of doing yoga bedtime:
- Clearing your mind before bedtime helps you fall asleep faster and have a more peaceful rest.
- Stretching any muscles that may have given you problems throughout the day will also allow a more relaxing sleep position.
- Just a 20 minute yoga session is 20 minutes you are not in front of common stressors such as your cell phone or ipad.
- Helps with digestion, during the night the body “resets” itself so by doing some simple yoga poses moving into twisted positions will massage the muscles around your intestines helping for better digestive flow.
- Time to yourself for yourself. As moms we are always doing everything for everyone else everywhere else. Every mom needs to “treat” themselves to some “Me Time” away from the hustle and bustle of being the CEO of your family.
- By taking 20-30 minutes to just sit and relax can improve your parenting. By getting a nice relaxed full night of sleep your patience with your children will improve, your energy level will improve, your overall attitude towards life will improve.
So if you are looking into trying something new for 2017, I highly recommend bedtime yoga! I haven’t found a particular instructor or youtube channel I like yet but do a search for Bedtime Yoga there are many sessions to choose from. Some nights I even let the kids join me for a yoga session before bed and then I have my own, mommy-only session after sending them to bed.