Catching those coveted seven to nine hours of zzz’s sounds like a dream, and for many moms it’s just that. Between worrying about the kids and stressing over uncompleted errands, sound, sufficient slumber just seems unattainable. But we've found the perfect remedy to those sleepless nights: these soothing yoga poses.
“First, you need to commit to a half hour of mommy time,” says Colleen Saidman Yee, mom, renowned yogi and author of the recently published Yoga for Life. She created this routine to perform after you’ve digested your dinner and the kids are asleep—or you could have them join in. “Mothers need help letting go of their busy days, releasing stiffness from muscles and quieting the brain,” she says. “This sequence stretches out the hamstrings and quads, relieves tension in the shoulders and promotes exhalation, which leads to more relaxation.”
Pre- or post-posing, Saidman Yee suggests further winding down by drinking a cup of chamomile tea while bathing in Epsom salts, writing your to-do list, then setting it aside and lying down and scanning your body from head to toe (while taking deep breaths) to notice any tense spots.
So unplug your devices, grab a blanket, a chair and a mat and get to a quiet place. Prepare to feel zen and get ready for some serious shut-eye…and enjoy how refreshed you feel tomorrow!