Do you have trouble sleeping?
Maybe you get home really late after a super long day between work and shuffling the kids to school and back. You probably didn’t have time to exercise, and you definitely didn’t make it to a yoga class. In fact the very thought of a single Sun Salutation seems so daunting, that there's really no way you're rolling out your mat at home for a solo practice.
Moreover, you've probably spent the bulk of your day sitting at your desk or in your car, and your hips have literally been trapped in a constant state of flexion.
I've been working with yoga students who face similar problems and have come up with a few stretches targeted to release tension, remove exhaustion, and heal your body, so you can fall asleep peacefully and with ease.
These three stretches are inspired by traditional Hatha yoga poses, and incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST), a system that involves contracting a muscle while simultaneously stretching it.
You'll also stretch the same line of energy that an acupuncturist would target with needles, to access specific meridian points along the heart, stomach and thymus.
1. Dynamic Child’s Pose
Start on all fours, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees hip distant apart and toes untucked.