0

Your Cart is Empty

The Best Yoga Positions for Waking Up and Winding Down

November 06, 2014 2 min read

Yoga is a great way to channel energy, whether it's to relax or to wake yourself up, and it's a far better option than coffee in the morning and sleeping pills at night! If you've never done yoga before then I strongly recommend trying a class out - there are loads of great reasons why you should try yoga. To help get your body in sync with your brain first thing in the morning and last thing at night, Sophie Keil, Principal yoga teacher at YogaBellies gave me her tips on what are the best yoga positions for waking your body up, and relaxing.  

To wake up

The sun salutation is an energising sequence of poses originally designed to be done in the direction of the sun. It's almost like a morning ritual which allows you to acknowledge the beginning of a new day and, once practised, enables you to open your mind and body, helping you to tackle the day ahead. Practising sun salutations first thing in the morning when your body is only just awake will encourage you to listen to what your body is saying, giving you the opportunity to mindfully approach your practice and not push too hard when you're not ready. Subsequently this mindfullness can be taken with you throughout your day and make you feel ready to take on the world.  

To wind down

In contrast to the energising set of sequences in the sun salutations, there's a still and calming posture which is wonderful for allowing you to wind down before you go to sleep. Viparita karani (or legs up the wall pose) is deeply restorative and has a profoundly relaxing effect which can help you drift off into a peaceful sleep.
  1. Take one or two folded blankets or a bolster and place them against a wall.
  2. Sit with your left shoulder facing the wall, and as you lie back across the blankets, swing your legs up the wall.
  3. Hold the pose for 10-15 minutes, then gently come out of it the way you entered, noticing your calm and relaxed state of mind.
[caption id="attachment_58339" align="alignnone" width="643"]Image credit: http://craving4more.com/2013/06/06/legs-up-the-wall-viparita-karani/ Image credit: http://craving4more.com/2013/06/06/legs-up-the-wall-viparita-karani/[/caption]
Night yoga is a great way to relax your body and prepare for sleeping. After a long day of work and family obligations, doing some simple yoga stretches and deep breathing is a great way to relieve any stress from the day.   Featured image source: http://yogasimple.net  

Leave a comment


Also in BodyRock Store Blog

Image of Bodyrock blog article - What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?
What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?

July 14, 2019 3 min read

Do you think your booty looks a little flat? This might be why!
Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day
12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day

July 08, 2017 4 min read

Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks
7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks

June 22, 2017 2 min read

Do you ever find yourself knuckle-deep in a bag of Cheetos?
Read More
Shipping & Delivery
Fast, 2 Day Shipping.
We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA via 2 day expedited shipping with our partners at FEDEX. Once your order is received and processed, it’s just 2 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.

 

We ship within Canada and the United States via FedEx with expedited 2-Day shipping.

For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International, which is usually in transit for 5-7 business days, depending on location.

We ship all of our physical products with FedEx, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Signatures are required on all orders.

Returns & Exchanges

BodyRock Equipment

We offer a 30-day return policy, as long as: it is not more than 30 days past the date of delivery; and your item is in its original condition and packaging with the original order number. Refunds will be issued when the equipment is received back to the BodyRock warehouse, minus the original cost of shipping, and the customer is responsible for the costs of return shipping. To request a refund on physical product purchases, please contact us.

Digital Products

We cannot issue refunds on digital goods such as e-books or videos, as these are non-tangible goods that are irrevocable once the order is placed.

Clothing

All of the BodyRock clothing is made to order and so is final sale. If you have any questions about sizing prior to placing your order, please contact us.