It's 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday night. As you plop onto the carpeted floor of your living room you find yourself already in your softest pajamas. Exhausted from the day on one level, but completely wired and anxious on another, a flubbered sigh of relief and contentment comes out. With that, your dog on the couch jumps down next to you, happy you are on his turf.
Randomly you roll like a drunken weeble wobble into a happy baby's pose and you hear and feel a pop of tension release from your left shoulder as you roll side to side. Dropping bent knees to one side, the spinal twist feels so good you start to daydream a blissful paradise of colors, fond memories and sparkly dewdrops.
The dog gets up to adjust too. Now he is sitting just near your head. Turning your head up slightly, you get a wet nose to greet you. Switching sides with the twist, you begin to notice how clear you are feeling, like all your ducks are in a row, the dust is settling and you begin to notice the silence of the night and the stillness around you.
The next 10-15 minutes are a heavenly montage of hip openers, forward bends and twists. Super relaxed, it's almost 10 p.m. and you feel good, settled and clear like the air after the rain. Finding your slippers and letting the dog out, you step outside and notice the sounds and smells and feel the coolness of the night against your skin. Inhale, exhale. A smile appears on your face for no particular reason at all, or maybe for all the reasons. It is so dam beautiful out. This is your paradise, your slice of heaven, right here, right now.
Bending down to share this happiness, the dog appears just in time for a big embrace. Finding yourself in bed, the sheets are cool and soft. With a smile and a brief cameo from your excited inner child who is too full of ideas to sleep, you finally let go and dream.
So here's to yoga in pajamas, stretching and breathing in the comfort of your own home. Here's to allowing your inner child to roll around on the floor with your pets and family. Let them be your inspiration, they move and stretch all the time. Follow suit - wiggle, roll, twist and feel good!
Try on some bedtime yoga routines
The nice thing about yoga in your pajamas is you hold poses longer and can be as goofy and random as you like, simply doing what feels good in the moment. To get started, here are some more formal bedtime yoga routines:
Some of my most beloved before bed yoga stretches are:
- neck rolls (from a seated position) with some side stretching, reaching over side to side
- child pose
- puppy dog pose (down dog upper body on the knees)
- wide legged seated foward fold
- reclining spinal twist
- reclining knees into chest, both and single
- threading the needle (lying down)
- reclining single leg hamstring stretch
- happy baby
Jessica loves nature, fitness and cooking. She loves to learn and share new information on all things sustainable. She believes in following the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. She also believes in the power of play and having fun outside more often, so get out and play!