Teacher: Willow (Naked in Motion)
This is my personal GET READY FOR BED routine. There’s a lot of yoga postures that people recommend for winding down, but for my routine, I specifically target the muscles that are often overworked and overlooked throughout my day running around the city. By the end of the day, my feet are killing me, my back is in pain and I’m slouching, my joints are stiff, and my attention is scattered. This is a great routine for anyone right before bed to help care for tired, achey muscles, and center and calm the mind to get ready for a good night’s sleep. It’s also a good routine to promote relaxation if you’re feeling a bit anxious.
In the video, I borrow from ballet to help stretch out our feet, then move through some yoga forward folds to release the hamstrings and the back. We spend a lot of time seated and lying down to promote relaxation and the feeling of the ground supporting you. Most importantly, we breathe, very slowly and intentionally. It’s an open-level class for anyone even if you don’t have experience with yoga. If you have any injuries, always listen to your body and check with a physician if you have questions about yoga with an injury. You can skip anything you want, take breaks when you need to, and modify the postures to better fit your needs. -NYV0122