Our hectic lifestyles leave us exhausted and yet wired. And although we no longer need to run for our lives from the saber-tooth tiger, we are running from a new modern enemy--time. This leaves our body in a constant fight-or-flight state (sympathetic nervous system), and by the end of the day our body is so tired that it does not have any more energy reserve to put you back into the rest-and-digest (parasympathetic nervous system) state.
The following simple yoga poses can also help you unwind after a long day to put you into a good night’s sleep. These poses gently stretch our upper back, lower back, and hips to release tension in these common problem areas.
For the following exercises, you will need a yoga mat, two yoga blocks (or a couple of thick books), a thick blanket or a couple of towels, a bolster, and a quiet, dimly-lit room. You can pick and choose one or two from the list to perform each night, or if you have more time, do them all!