The following article is re-posted from Poe Wellness Solutions. Meg Poe teaches Yin Yoga at Santosha Space, as well as other locations in the triangle.  Read her full article here.

Do you struggle getting out of bed in the morning? I remember when Yin Yoga was my solution for winding down at the end of the day. It was a gift to myself when I worked it into my busy schedule. Over the past year, Yin Yoga snuck into my morning routine. It is not a gift but a requirement. Get up on the best side of the bed How do I guarantee it’s part of my day? I eliminate the hassle of finding a place to do it. I do these poses in bed as I wake up. Sometimes I drift back to sleep in a pose. It allows me to begin my day with a bit more energy. Give it a try.

Remember, every body is different and no exercise works the same for each of us. Since we are not together, please, please, please pay extra attention to your body and discontinue any exercise if there is pain. Try these four exercises to wake up connective tissue, get energy flowing and ease gently into your day. (Tip: Read the entire article. Review the full description of each pose before attempting.)

The Approach

To “let go”, use a yin approach. Below is my quick overview of a Yin Yoga approach.

  1. Come into the shape/pose.
  2. Wiggle around a bit. (Explore the pose.)
  3. Find your edge. (The place where you feel a little tension/sensation.)
  4. Build a fort for support. (Is part of your body “hanging” and creating muscle tension? Support it so muscles can release but maintain the edge.)
  5. Hangout awhile. (3-10 minutes – You may have to work up to that.)
  6. Let go. (Encourage yourself to “melt”. Feel tightness? Replace it with ease.)

The Props

Since you are in bed, don’t worry with fancy props. Needing the “right” prop becomes another excuse to miss your morning Yin. Use what’s there ~ pillows, sheet, blanket, your body, your pet, your partner, etc. I don’t worry with a timer for my morning practice. Stay in the pose until you feel like moving or use the snooze on your alarm to alert a transition.

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