If you are looking for a great way to wind down after a stressful day, little is as effective as yoga. In fact, recent surveys indicate that more than half of the people that do yoga prior to bed end up sleeping better as a result. Roughly 85 percent of yoga participants also find that it helps them to reduce stress. There are a lot of advantages to doing yoga, and this is especially true when you are traveling. Being away from home can often make it difficult to sleep. Performing various yoga poses will enable your body to relax and get ready for a great night of sleep, even as a side sleeper. Here are some tips to find the best yoga poses to help you relax and rest.
The Balasana Pose
This is also known as the wide-knee child's pose. It puts your body into a resting position that is meant to make you feel calm and stable. You do not want to be a bit careful when performing this pose if you have pain in your hips or knees. Once you are in the pose, you will want to focus on breathing slowly, in and out.
The Uttanasana Pose
This is a pose that will have you standing with feet about a hips’ length apart from one another. You will breathe out and then extend your body forward until it is over your legs and your spine is straight. Be careful that you do not strain yourself in an effort to reach the floor. You can also place blocks under your hands if you find that you need more support in order to get comfortable.
The Ardha Uttanasana Pose
You will want a yoga mat or a suitable substitute for this pose. You will place it perpendicular to the wall in your room and then stand about a foot away. Put your hands up against the wall and begin to step back with your feet remaining about a hips’ length apart from one another. You will also want to keep your body perpendicular to the floor. You can use your palms to push your body away from the wall and lengthen your back. Focus your attention on the four corners of your feet and remember to concentrate on your breathing.
The Supta Baddha Konasana Pose
This pose is proven to be effective at alleviating any tension that you might have in your hips or in the region around your groin. To begin, you will want to lie down on your yoga mat. Once in position, bend your knees and make sure that your feet are solidly planted on the floor next to your tailbone. Get your arms relaxed on the floor and keep them about 45 degrees from your body, making sure that they face the ceiling. You should feel the sensation of stretching around your hips and groin, but make sure that there is no pain involved.
Each of these yoga poses can be easily done while you are traveling. Even if you are not able to bring your yoga mat with you, it is usually possible to find good substitutes right in your own hotel room. These poses will relax your mind and body, putting you in the perfect condition you need to be in to enter a peaceful sleep. This will make you much your productive and ready to tackle whatever each new day brings you on the road.