After you’ve hit the snooze button about a million times (don’t try to deny it, we all know you do it), instead of stumbling to the bathroom to brush your teeth, why not try this instead? Take just 10 minutes and do some of these yoga poses that you can do IN BED. Trust us, you’ll be surprised at how great the rest of the day goes.
We know it’s tough to even open your eyes in the morning; doing yoga seems out of the question. This is why we’ve chosen pranayama as your first pose. All you have to do is breathe—something you do even when asleep! Just by doing some simple breathing exercises in the morning, you can increase oxygenated blood flow around your body, improve your concentration (something which you could definitely use at work) and reduce any stress or tension, leaving you ready to face the day with a positive attitude.
There are a variety of different forms of pranayama that you can try out—one such type is dirga pranayama, which is great for beginners. All you have to do is lie down and focus on taking deep breaths—inhale as hard as you can using your stomach and then expel the air through your nose.
If you’re looking to give your face that much-needed lift after a week of no sleep, face yoga is the way to go. If you’ve been in a bad mood lately, just widening your eyes can exercise the muscles around the area, working on any wrinkles on the forehead. Or, if its sallow cheeks you’re worried about, puffing them out can strengthen the muscles, preventing your skin from thinning out and looking saggy.
This pose involves kneeling on your bed, bending forward (so that your stomach is touching your thighs) and stretching out your arms. Not only will your body start to wake up, but you will also help your digestive system. This position stimulates the internal organs, in particular the intestinal tract, helping to move food along the gut. For all you office girls, this next benefit is especially relevant to you. Sitting at a desk all day can result in the development of a compression in your lower back—however, this can be remedied by folding your legs and performing this pose.
Reclined bound angle pose
From its deceivingly technical name, it would appear that the reclined bound angle pose is extremely complex. In reality, it is just the opposite. If you sleep on your side, all you have to do is shift onto your back and bend your knees to join your feet together, laying your arms by your side. For a pose that basically requires no effort, you sure gain a lot—higher energy levels, reduced stress, less tiredness—there’s no reason NOT to try the this pose!
Happy baby pose
Who would not want to feel like a happy baby? They have no worries, stress, or problems. By lying flat on your back, raising your feet into the air and then gripping them with your hands, you can easily form this position and achieve the composed mental state that comes with it. Apart from making you feel calmer, this pose also stretches your hips, inner thighs, groin, and further relaxes your lower back.