8 Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep and Wake-Up

September is National Yoga Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness about the many benefits of yoga and also to inspire a healthy lifestyle. I received from Emily McLaughlin, Pilates, barre and yoga instructor at Dancers Shape in Austin, Texas some great suggestions of yoga poses for sleeping and waking up.

Crescent Lunge Yellow
ANJANEYASANA, Low Lunge

Yoga Poses for a Good Night’s Sleep

·         (UTTANASANA, or Standing Forward Bend) Inverting your upper body this way soothes the nervous system and decompresses the spine.

·         (ANJANEYASANA, Low Lunge) Whether you spend your day sitting at a desk or up on your feet, this is a wonderful pose to free your hips from tension.

·         (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA, Sitting Half Spinal Twist) This pose will release tension around the spine and help blood circulate throughout the torso.

·         (VIPARITA KARANI, Legs Up the Wall Pose) This gentle inversion helps slow your system down.

Yoga Poses to Help Wake You Up

·         (SUPTA URDHVA HASTASANA, Upward Hand Pose) This first extension of arms and legs wakes up those muscles and gets your blood moving before you even get out of bed.

·         (PARIVRTTA SUPTA PADANGUSTHASANA, Reclining Big Toe Pose with Variations) This nice twist mobilizes the joints of your spine, gives your internal organs a massage, and revs up blood circulation.

·         (PASCIMOTTANASANA & UTTANASANA, Seated Forward Bend and Standing Forward Bend) Remember, these are the first movements of the day, so keep it easy and start to find length in your hamstrings and spine.

·         (ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA, Downward Facing Dog) This mild inversion will energize you, bring more oxygen to the brain, and stoke the fire in you to start your day!

·         (INDUDALASANA, Standing Crescent Pose) This will open up the sides of your body.

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