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Get Sleep Better using These Stretches

better-sleep# Seated Side Bend

Targets: Neck, shoulders, back, and obliques

  • Sit on pillow in a cross-legged position. Place left hand on floor to side of hip, left elbow slightly bent. Extend right arm by ear.
  • Lean to left, keeping butt on floor, shoulders down.
  • Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Switch sides; repeat.

# Rag Doll

Targets: Neck, shoulders, back, and hips

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Place right hand on left elbow, left hand on right elbow.
  • Bend over from hips, letting arms and head hang down.
  • Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Gently roll back up

# Sleeping Swan

What you’ll need : A pillow

Tip: With each pose, breathe in and out through your nose for a calming effect on the nervous system.

Targets: Neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs

  • Sit on floor with pillow in front of you. Bend left knee, bringing sole of left foot to right inner thigh. Lift butt and extend right leg behind you.
  • Staying centered, gently hinge forward from hips, placing head on pillow. Extend arm forward,elbows slightly bent.
  • Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Roll back up. Switch legs; repeat.

# Happy Baby

Targets : Back, hips, and hamstrings

  • Lie faceup. Bend knees into chest and grab inside edges of feet with hands, palms out.
  • Bring knees out to sides, then lower toward armpits, keeping heels above knees, feet flexed.
  • Hold for 8 to 10 breaths, gently rocking from side to side

# Bridge

Targets : Hips and legs

  • Lie faceup with knees bent, feet flat on floor, arms extended by sides, palms up.
  • Keeping shoulders down, engage abs and press into heels to lift hips and back to form a diagonal line from shoulders to knees.
  • Hold for 8 to 10 breaths; lower.