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No Mat Needed! Relaxing Yoga Poses You Can Do in Bed

Jul 9 2014 - 12:07am

Yoga is a natural way to settle your mind and body. It reduces stress and muscular tension, both of which inspire a more restful night's sleep, so leave your mat rolled up in your yoga bag and hop in bed instead! Follow this 11-pose sequence from start to finish, or pick and choose the poses your body needs.

Be sure to move pillows and bulky comforters out of the way so you have a flat, safe, and comfy surface to stretch on. Then in the morning when you open your eyes all refreshed and full of energy, repeat this sequence before hopping out of bed to warm up your muscles and gently wake up your mind.

Happy Baby

This is the perfect pose that doesn't require a lot of effort, but will offer a wonderful stretch for your tight hips and lower back [1].

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [2]

Reclining Straddle

This pose feels amazing if you have a tight lower back.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [3]

Reclining Big Toe

Reclining Big Toe pose will increase flexibility in your hamstrings as well as strengthen your core.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [4]

Half Wheel

This pose will increase flexibility in your spine and shoulders while also toning your thighs.

Knees to Chest

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [5]

Reclining Spinal Twist

Spinal twists always feel amazing.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [6]

Butterfly

If your hips and lower back need some attention, you'll love Butterfly pose [7].

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [8]

Pigeon

Pigeon pose [9] is essential for opening tight hips and hip flexors.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [10]

Sphinx

This pose feels great on your back, chest, and abs.

Source: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio [11]

Bow

Bow pose increases flexibility in your spine [12], and offers a great stretch for tight shoulders.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [13]

Child's Pose

Practically the definition of relaxing, Child's Pose allows you to bring your awareness inward [14], and also releases tension in your lower back.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [15]


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