Bed yoga is great! You don’t need a mat. You don’t have to worry about carpet burn or cold floors. Your bed is already soft and padded! It provides the perfect cushion for your activities.
Here are a few suggestions to prepare for your bed yoga:
WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOGA IN BED
We all have different traditions when it comes to bed wear. Some love long flannel nightgowns. Some prefer light cotton tops and pants. Some adore sleeping naked.
A nightgown might be a bit tricky for bed yoga, but if you scrunch it up around your waist it shouldn’t be too bad. The rest of the standard options should all work quite fine.
Any outfit that lets you move your limbs with relative freedom should do the trick.
SCHEDULES AND TIME
Is bed yoga better first thing in the morning or last thing at night?
It all depends on what your aim is. If you find you’re sluggish in the morning and just can’t get yourself going, bed yoga can be the ideal transition to help you get started. Rather than relying on artificial stimulants or a bracing cold shower to jump-start your heart, let your body do the gentle stretches which are common in so many cultures. Even dogs and cats stretch when they wake up!
If you find you’re having trouble falling asleep, tossing and turning with worries or issues, bed yoga can be the perfect transition. It helps you calm and soothe. It helps your mind train to release worry and simply be.
The key is just to do it. Find the time that works well for your schedule and needs.
ADVICE FOR HEALTHY YOGA IN BED
Always talk with a doctor before starting a routine in order to can get advice on your specific medical situation.
Here are some concepts to keep in mind as you begin a new exercise routine, whether it is my yoga routine here or any other type of activity.
SLOW AND STEADY
In general, no matter what type of exercise you do, avoid “bouncing” into a pose or stance. That bouncing type of motion can over-stretch a muscle. Move into each pose gently and smoothly.
Your limbs should not be locked straight and joints should not be over-bent. Keep a slight curve in your elbows. Be loose and relaxed. Be aware of how you are balanced. Put your weight over your knee, rather than forward of your knee to avoid any tilted strain on it.
Drink ample water to keep your body hydrated as you move. Keep a container of water at your side. A refillable safe-plastic bottle is a good idea, so you can use home-filtered water to drink and simply dish-wash the bottle when you need to. There are flavorings if you don’t like the taste of plain water.
TAKE YOUR TIME
There’s no race. Go slowly, gently, smoothly, and listen to your body.