It seems that a restful & restorative night’s sleep is high on most people’s wish-lists these days, and I’m certainly one of them!
Often I struggle to feel ready for sleep when I need to be going to bed, and regularly feel too alert and wired to settle down for the night. Recently, a few yin postures in bed (surrounded by my duvet & piles of pillows!) have proved to be a magical way to help me ease into sleep. I put on some sleepy music and use my phone as a timer, taking roughly 5-7 minutes in each of these 4 delicious postures. By the time I’ve finished, usually I can hardly keep my eyes open. These postures are the perfect antidote to a busy day, and can help to soothe your nervous system, relaxing you towards sleep.
Child’s Pose: big toes together, knees wide, hips to heels, reaching your arms either forward to back towards your feet. I love placing a pillow underneath my torso & burrowing under my duvet so I’m completely covered & cosy.
Butterfly: Sit with your feet together and allow your knees to fall apart, so your legs make a long diamond shape. Place a pillow (or two!) underneath your torso and allow your spine to round forward.
Reclining butterfly: Stack a few pillows behind you, and bring the soles of your feet together, knees apart. Recline back over your pile of pillows & pull your duvet up over your legs & torso for extra cosiness.
Legs up the wall: Lying on your side, bring you bottom as close to the top of your bed as you can (you’ll be making an ‘L’ shape against the top of the bed/wall). Roll onto your back, swinging your legs up the wall at the same time. Make sure you’re cosy, and try to relax your entire body.