It’s Monday morning and you just woke up. You're groggy and the last thing you want to do is head to an early-morning yoga class.
Many of us know that feeling all too well.
Fortunately, according to Amy Eberhardt, you can counteract the Monday blues by hitting the metaphorical reset button and practicing bed yoga when you first wake up.
No, bed yoga does not mean throwing down your yoga mat and doing the warrior II pose while standing on your bed. Amy, MPH, CYT, LMT, CPMT, who is a teacher of adaptive yoga and an integrative health educator at NYU Langone Medical Center, says, "It's about taking the basic practices of yoga and adapting the poses and stretches so that they are easy to do in your bed. Yoga is a proven stress-reliever, and doing yoga in the comfort of your own bed can help you start the day off upbeat, energetic, and refreshed."
Bed yoga also accommodates people who are older or have disabilities or injuries. Given that a bed provides a more comfortable surface to practice on, people need not worry about the pressure of a hard floor hurting their knees or wrists.
Amy encourages people to start doing bed yoga on Monday mornings because the practice will remind you to kick-start each week in a healthy way.
I used to be that type of person who would hit the snooze button several times every morning, squeezing out as many Zs as possible. But practicing bed yoga every morning for the past few weeks has gotten me looking forward to it so much that now I wake up after the first alarm. I just love how much more calm and relaxed I feel not only right afterward but throughout the rest of my day.
Here's how to get started: