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Learning how to relax is fundamental to our physical and mental well-being. After a stressful day, our bodies and minds may not be able to relax; and when lying down to rest or sleep your muscles may continue to carry a certain amount of residual tension which over time can be a constant drain on your energy resources. Corpse pose, or Sivasana, helps to train our minds to consciously let go of any strain, mental and physical, for us to reach a state of deep relaxation.

 

When lying in bed tossing and turning to find sleep, try lying flat on your back and tense up every muscle in your body. Hold it for a few seconds and let it go, feel yourself sinking down into your bed and the tension drifting away. Another exercise you can try is to visualise any tension drifting away as you relax each part of your body from your feet up to your head, feeling your whole body heavy and your mind completely calm, taking deep breaths in and long, slow exhalations.

 

If this helps to relax you but not drift you into sleep, try not to feel restless. Instead get into these four poses in bed as they have extremely high restorative properties. Holding each pose for at least 2-3 minutes, closing your eyes and focusing on long, slow exhalations to help you relax. These poses will ensure that your energy is restored and helps to calm your mind and muscles, so even with a few hours of sleep you will wake up feeling refreshed.

 

1. Child’s Pose

- Sitting on your heels, keep your feet and knees together, bending forwards and relaxing your abdomen on your thighs.

- Drop your forehead to the floor and relax all the muscles in your neck, back and stomach.

- Relax your arms and your legs

 

 

2. Reclining Bound Angle Pose

- Lie on your back with legs outstretched

- Bend your knees, bring the soles of your feet together, pull your feet as close to your body as comfortable and relax your arms by your sides with your palms facing upwards

- Feel the weight of your hips sink down, relax your entire back and feel your head sinking into your pillow

 

 

3. Upward Facing Supported Staff Pose

- Lie on your back, with a wall towards your feet

- Moving your body towards the wall, lift your legs up 90° and rest them against the wall.

- Your spine and neck should be in a straight line, your legs should be perpendicular to your body

- Relax your hips and legs

 

 

4. Supine Twist

- Lying on your back with your legs together, outstretch your arms at shoulder height, expanding your chest with your palms down and fingers pointing in opposite directions

- Bring your right foot on your left knee, twist to the left bringing your right knee downwards

- Turn your neck to the right

- Bring both shoulders on the floor, rest your shoulders down

- Relax your arms, legs and back

- Repeat on the other side

 

 

If you are suffering from insomnia, anxiety or stress-induced conditions, yoga can be extremely beneficial to relax the body and restore your energy levels. Our stretch and restore program will cater to your needs and incorporate deep stretching to relieve tension around your body and deep breathing techniques to help calm your mind.

 

Inspire Yoga specialises in personalised private yoga classes tailored around your needs and objectives – we work with alignments, assisted stretching and conscious relaxation. Classes are held on-site and are one-on-one, our experienced and qualified yoga teachers will come to your home or office and schedule the class around your convenience. For more information please visit www.inspire-yoga.com

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