Monday, August 25, 2014

inhale, exhale, goodnight.

As you begin to settle down from your day, ask yourself "Did I take a moment to breathe today?" Yes we all breathe, and that is why we are alive, however most of us do not take the time for ourselves to sit, reflect and catch a breath. I was asked by NYC-based memory foam mattress company Casper to share my favourite bedtime yoga poses, so here are some you can take to the bedroom after a long day. No props required other than your favourite mattress and maybe some pillows ;) Lie down, quiet the mind and wake up feeling refreshed!

1. Legs up the wall

  • Mild inversion, helps to calm the mind and release stress. Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet. 

2. Child's pose

  • Gentle stretches the hips, thighs and ankles. Relieves back and neck pain. 

3. Reclining twist

  • Aids in digestion. Improves breathing and calms the nerves. 

4. Forward bend

  • Stretches the spin, shoulders and hamstrings. Soothes headaches and anxiety. 

5. Sphinx

  • Mild backbend, strengthens the spine. Stimulates abdominal organs. 

6. Corpse

  • Time to be mindful. Calms the brain and eases you into a deep sleep. Relaxes the body. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

august pose: sphinx

Salamba Bhujangasana
How to do it:

1. Start by lying onto your belly and bring your forearms onto the ground.
2. Make sure your elbows are directly underneath your shoulders
3. Root your tailbone down towards your heels and separate your feet a bit wider than hip width apart
4. Press into your palms to lift the chest, roll your shoulder blades down your back
5. Keep your neck neutral and soften your glutes

Stay for 5-10 breaths, then slowly lower down placing your palms one on top of the other, then rest your forehead on your hands


  • Strengthens your low back
  • Stretches chest, lungs, shoulders and abs
  • Helps relieves stress