It’s not just the children that get overwhelmed at Christmas, most of us have a to-do list a mile long as well as our own expectations to have everything just perfect for our children friends and family. Sleep is often lacking at this time of year and then we do get the chance to lay our head down on the pillow our minds are still racing with everything that still isn’t done. Try these 3 poses to slow down, stay in a pose till feel different areas of the body that are tense gradually let that go as you breathe through the pose. Remember, stretching has a calming effect making bedtime the best time for it. Ideally do each pose in the sequence for one to five minutes – even in bed, if that works for you.
Bound Angle Pose
Sit on the floor without slouching and bring the soles of the feet together in front of you, hands holding the feet or ankles. If you’re comfortable and able to sit without rounding the lower back, bring the feet as close as you can toward the groin. Inhale and lengthen the spine. Exhale and bend forward from the hips, keeping the spine long. Breathe in and out as you feel your muscles relaxing.
Legs Up The Wall Pose
Sit sideways against a wall. Bring up one leg then the other as you come to your back with legs extended up the wall. Extend the arms along your sides, palms facing up. Close the eyes and breathe as you relax into the pose. If you like, place an eye pillow over the eyes to block light.
Reclined Twist Pose
Lie on your back and bring the knees into the chest. Extend the left arm to the side at shoulder height, palm facing up. Keeping the knees high, slowly bring them out to the right until they reach the floor. Place the right hand on top of the right knee. You may want to use the right hand to massage the outer left leg and hip. Gaze straight up at the ceiling or slightly to the left. Repeat on the other side.