Yoga is a discipline that people of all ages and body types can enjoy. But to some, yoga can be a little physically challenging — not to mention intimidating.
However, you don’t need to be a human rubber band to enjoy the many benefits of yoga — like meditation, which can help lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and improve memory.
In an exclusive guide below, we go through 10 simple yoga poses that you can do right on your bed!
These “bedtime yoga” positions are the perfect nighttime routine, as they can ease stiff muscles and stressed minds.
Jessica Matthews, assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego, suggests finding the right type of stretches before you dive in. “One of the most important things is taking great care to understand what your body needs,” she said.
So, although these stretches are relatively gentle, it’s important to speak first to your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.
Scroll down to check out these easy bedtime yoga poses, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Pose #1: Mindful Meditation
This pose is ideal for those who want to spend a few minutes in quiet reflection before hitting the hay.
Start by sitting in a comfortable, cross-legged pose on your bed. Sit up to lengthen your spine, relax your arms, and take three deep breaths.
Try your best to clear your mind and focus on your deep breathing — though it might take time to quiet your mind.
Pose #2: Forward Bend
The forward bend is great if you want to get in one last comprehensive stretch before bed.
Sit up on your bed and slowly fold your body forward, then gently reach your fingertips toward your toes.
If you can’t reach your feet, stretch for your ankles, shins, or thighs — whatever is the most comfortable.