I was recently contacted by the folks over at Casper, a sleep startup that launched in the Spring with an outrageously comfortable mattress, about my favourite bedtime yoga pose. It was an easy question for me to answer because I am a gal that loves bedtime!
I love the whole ritual of winding down at the end of the day and one of my favourite yoga poses is Viparita Karani, along with a couple of variations.
Viparita Karani is often described as ‘legs up the wall’ pose because, quite simply, you lie on your back on the floor with your legs up the wall. If you have a bolster or a folded up blanket then place it a few inches away from the wall to add extra comfort and support. For more detailed alignment instructions, click here.
Viparita Karani is a wonderful posture that calms you down at the end of a long day. You can quite literally allow all the tension in your body to drain into the floor.
For added relaxation, wear a lavender eye pillow. It feels blissfully indulgent and the aroma will help ease you into a good night’s sleep.
From Viparita Karani, one variation is to bring your legs into Baddha Konasana, often referred to as butterfly pose.
Place your hands on your belly and enjoy some deep, nourishing breaths to help calm your nervous system.
Another favourite bedtime yoga pose of mine is to ease into a supported Upavistha Konasana using the wall.
If you find it difficult to hold this pose in a seated position on the floor then you will love this variation as you have good support from the floor and the wall.
To finish, push with your feet to slide yourself away from the wall and lie on your back in a peaceful savasana!