As this week has been so crazy, I decided to go to Yoga With Adriene on YouTube who I found a couple of weeks ago but had yet to do any of her videos. I felt I needed to some relaxation in my life especially this week since I’ve had a midterm, a few quizzes and applying for school divisions!
I noticed she had a playlist called “10-15 minute Yoga Practices“, this is exactly what I needed something fast to relax me then get to bed as it was approaching midnight quickly. The third video was called 7 minute Bedtime Yoga, so I gave it a try. I found the poses very simple yet effective. A few times she mentions releasing the tension in your jaw, which is a common thing for many people but rarely do we notice we are clenching our jaw. These little reminders to let go of the tension we are holding onto is so important especially in stressful or anxious times.
I started to research why someone should do yoga before bed and I found these benefits on DoYouYoga.
Deeper Replenishing Sleep
Soothe Tension, Aches and Pains
Prevent Mind Chatter
As you can see from the time-lapse video I wasn’t too relaxed because it was my first time so I had to constantly look at the moves and what she was doing. 7 minutes went by fast and I felt I could have done a bit of a longer one but the video was nice and simple for a beginner like myself! To my surprise I slept quite well even though my anxiety was heightened because I had a pre-screening conversation with Prairie Valley School Division the next morning! I want to continue doing these moves to connect with myself and free my mind at the end of the day. I also challenge you to try this routine out before bed and hope you all have a deep and refreshing sleep!
This week is my starting point, you will see below my before pictures of some basic moves indicating where my flexibility is at currently. As you can see any form of movement that requires flexibility on my back or hip flexors is a no from me. This isn’t surprising to me, these parts have been inflexible for as long as I can remember. Coaches were constantly telling me to get lower when skating but I just couldn’t, my inflexibility didn’t allow for this.
This week I also started searching online for resources that I could learn from. This first was recommended by a friend, Yoga with Adriene, she posts videos on YouTube from guided mediation to foundations of yoga. I thought this would be a great source, it seems easy to follow and well laid out.
Ah yoga.. something we all know about but very little of us participate, why? For myself, being an athlete its not that I haven’t considered or tried to getting into but always something that I never followed through with. The sports I grew up playing didn’t have a heavy aspect of flexibility in order to succeed (or so I thought) they focused on endurance and strength which were two words I didn’t combine with yoga.
As I am getting older and have been out of the competitive field for a while, I still have a priority of taking care of my body and now more so than ever my mind. While being healthy for me might not mean being able to skate fast or throw a ball far anymore, but being a peace with how I look physically and how I feel. Too often I wake up with a sore back or kinked neck and complain about these issues but seldom do I try to fix these and/or try to prevent them.
I am looking forward to how this will change my overall wellbeing, from my sleep to relaxing my mind and everything in between!