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6 Yoga Poses You Can Do In Bed Before Sleeping For Better Health

6 Yoga Poses You Can Do In Bed Before Sleeping For Better Health

Sometimes, it’s hard to unwind after a long day, and it can be difficult to fall asleep even when you are exhausted. Fortunately, there are many ways to relax after the day is done that can help you fall asleep. One way is to practice some yoga in the best place on earth: your bed. Now let’s get started so you can start sleeping better tonight.

1. Child’s Pose

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    1. Sit up comfortably on your heels.
    2. Roll your torso forward, bringing your forehead to rest on the bed in front of you.
    3. Lower your chest as close to your knees as you comfortably can, extending your arms in front of you.
    4. Hold the pose and breathe.

    Health Benefits

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    • Releases tension in the back, shoulders and chest
    • Helps alleviate stress and anxiety
    • Flexes the body’s internal organs and keeps them supple
    • Calms the mind and body
    • Encourages strong and steady breathing

    2. Thread the Needle Pose

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      1. Begin on your hands and knees. Place your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Place your shins and knees hip-width apart. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward.
      2. On an exhalation, slide your right arm underneath your left arm with your palm facing up. Rest your right ear and cheek on the bed, then gaze toward your left.
      3. Keep your left elbow lifting and your hips raised. Do not press your weight onto your head; instead, adjust your position so you do not strain your neck or shoulder.
      4. Soften and relax your lower back. Allow all of the tension in your shoulders, arms, and neck to drain away.
      5. Hold for up to one minute. To release, press through your left hand and gently slide your right hand out.

      Health Benefits

      • Gently compresses the muscles of your upper chest.
      • Opens the upper and outer muscles of your shoulder.
      • Detoxifies and calms your body with the slight twist.
      • Sends fresh blood to your upper extremities.

      3. Supta Virasana

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        1. Place your hands by your sides.
        2. Exhale and lean backward toward the bed.
        3. Take your weight onto your hands and then your elbows and forearms.
        4. When you are leaning on your elbows, put your hands at the back (on the pelvis)
        5. Now release the buttocks and lower back by pushing yourself downward toward your tailbone.
        6. You can finish reclining by going onto the bed or by reclining onto a support. If you are using blankets for support ensure that you have at least two of them at the same height. This will help to support your spine while you are moving downward.
        7. Hold this posture for about 30 seconds and up to 1 minute.

        Health Benefits

        • It helps the digestive system to function better and improves digestion.
        • The tendons, ligaments and many smaller muscles in the knee are also stretched during this posture.
        • It helps to relieve tired legs.
        • This pose is also useful as it helps to relieve menstrual pain symptoms.
        • It stretches the abdomen, ankles, deep hip flexors and thighs as well.

        4. Viparita Karani

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          1. Exhale. Lie on your back, making sure that the back of your legs press against the wall/headboard, and that the soles of your feet face upwards. It will take you a little bit of movement to get comfortable in this position.
          2.  Place your buttocks a little away from the wall or press them against the wall.
          3. Make sure your back and head are resting on the floor. You will find that your body forms a 90-degree angle.
          4. Lift your hips up and slide a prop under them. You could also use your hands to support your hips and form that curve in your lower body.
          5. Keep your head and neck in a neutral position and soften your throat and your face.
          6. Close your eyes and breathe. Hold the position for at least five minutes. Release and roll to any one side. Breathe before you sit up.

          Health Benefits

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          • It gives the front of the torso, back of the legs, and the back of the neck a good stretch.
          • It helps to relax tired, cramped feet and legs.
          • It relieves a mild backache.
          • This is an asana that helps to soothe and calm the mind.

          5. Savasana

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            1. Lie down on your back. As you recline on your bed, place your feet spread slightly apart from each other. Put your arms at your side with your palms facing up. Your fingers should be curled up naturally.
            2. Tighten and lift your legs. Inhale deeply as you tense your body. Tighten your buttocks and raise your legs slightly off the ground.
            3. Relax your body. Exhale, breathing inward as you release the pose. Lower your legs and unclench your fist as you relax

            Health Benefits

            • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
            • Relaxes the body.
            • Reduces headache, fatigue, and insomnia.
            • Helps to lower blood pressure.

            6. Jathara Parivartanasana

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              1. From Reclined Bound Angle Pose, stay on your back supported by the pillow and gently guide your knees together using your hands.
              2. Bring your knees over to the left with arms out by your side, palms facing up. Imagine your breath like a wave rippling through your spine, releasing tension with each exhale. Stay here for a minute and then switch to the other side.

              Health Benefits

              • Improves digestion
              • Opens tight shoulders
              • Helps release lower back
              • Quiets the mind

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              The Truth of Rapid Weight Loss: How to Actually Shed Pounds

              The Truth of Rapid Weight Loss: How to Actually Shed Pounds

              “If I drink this supplement, will I lose 40 pounds in two weeks?”

               Another consultation with a new member in the fitness center that I manage, and yet another person that fell prey to the marketing-trap of a supplement company that promised immediate results and rapid weight loss.

              Rapid weight loss is enticing. It speaks to our human nature. It’s unfortunately also a false fantasy of ours.

              The truth is that while you might be able to lose weight in a very short time, it’s practically impossible to keep it off. Here’s why and how you can actually shed pounds sustainably and continuously.

              The Key to Patience

              A mentor of mine once told me bluntly: You can have it all young man. You can be a great salesman and entrepreneur. You can run a successful business. As long as you just refuse to give up.

              Is it that simple? It is.

              I came into a management position at a young age not because I’m the brightest but because I outlasted my colleagues.

              There are a lot of similarities between business and the results in the gym. They just produce different rewards.

              If something isn’t working simply because you don’t have the patience to push through, develop this crucial piece of the puzzle before moving on.

              You can learn more about just how long it takes to build muscle and lose fat here.

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              The Art of Weight Loss

              Weight loss is simple, but not easy.

              It’s not easy because it goes against our nature. We all have to know that our ancestors dealt with much rougher situations than we did. Over millions of years our genome has evolved to store energy in order to prepare for rainy days.

              Only in the recent decades have we gone from scarcity to absolute abundance. The supermarket just around my corner contains ripe fruits from all over the world. Packaged, conserved foods that can be stored in our shelf for years to come.

              While our recently-evolved, self-conscious forebrain is demanding us to keep losing 10 more pounds, our genome is desperately trying to hold on to all of those bits of energy storage, making rapid weight loss nearly impossible.

              Fat cells used to be our friends, and now they’re enemies. (Find out more about the reason why here.) In order to beat them and lose weight, we have to learn to go against nature and trick our genome.

              How to Trick Your Genome

              What if I told you that there is a way to soothe your genome and your brain at the same time? How can we manipulate both of these entities to reach our goals?

              Here’s everything that you need to know about substantial and sustainable weight loss in one sentence: Calories and satiety are not linked.

              We can eat a huge McDonalds meal with thousands of calories but still feel hungry after one hour. We can scoop out some ice cream late at night, and the only time we feel satiated is after we’ve gained 2 more pounds.

              On the other hand, we can eat 1-2 cups of broccoli or spinach and often feel full. What matters is the caloric density and the seven crucial factors influencing satiety.

              7 Parts of Satiety

              Hunger and satiety are sensations. Satiety is the absence of hunger. If we feel satiated, we feel full. If we feel full, we’re more likely to stick to a diet.

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              If calories are not linked to satiety, which factors are? Lucky for us, a study on satiety gave us some answers. The researchers concluded:[1]

              Servings of different foods vary greatly in their satiating capacity.[2]

              Optimize satiety for rapid weight loss

                And the effect of a food on one’s satiety is important, as the satiety heavily influences our future eating behavior. These are the components that played a role.

                Fiber

                Fiber fills up your stomach and speeds up digestion through your small intestine. This means that less macronutrients will get absorbed. Therefore, also less calories.

                Foods containing fiber-entrapped natural sugars produced the highest satiety scores in the whole study. If you want to feel full, start taking in more fruits and vegetables.

                Sensory Information

                Studies have shown that our sensory information can play a huge part in our satiety and rapid weight loss. We’re primed to seek a variety of foods, but if we routinize the habit of eating the same foods during our eating breaks, satiety might come earlier.[3]

                Water

                If a food contains more water, it will naturally also be less calorie dense. Not only that, but the increased water content also fills up our stomach more, boosting feelings of satiety.

                Protein and Carbohydrates

                Protein and (good) carbohydrates seem to have great satiating effects. Both of these macronutrients can, therefore, help you lose fat more easily. However, stay away from fatty products, as fat was inversely correlated with satiety. Fat also contains nearly double the calories.

                Plate Size

                The bigger the plate size, the more calories you will consume, which will slow you down on the road to rapid weight loss.[4] This may seem obvious, but many people eat far more than they should simply because they fill up a plate that’s bigger than a normal portion size.

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                Amount of Fat Cells

                Our fat cells, scientifically called adipocytes, release a hormone called leptin. Leptin levels are significantly higher in obese individuals. When we start dieting, our leptin level goes down fast—too fast. It’s an indication to our brain that we’re starving.

                We suddenly feel hunger, have reduced motivation, and burn less calories at rest. This means that if we’re overweight, our body wants to keep us like that.[5]

                Serotonin

                Do you ever wonder why chocolate is so addictive? This tasty, dark food is releasing serotonin in our bodies to the same extent as cigarettes. This explains why stress often causes weight gain.

                They crave that good-feeling neurotransmitter that gets released in our brains. This means that the less stress we have and the better we feel, the more satiety we will experience.[6]

                The Next Steps

                “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln

                It’s time that we start thinking about long-term weight results when it comes to weight reduction. We have to realize that if we use the dieting approach to rapid weight loss, we’re losing both muscle and fat mass.

                This means that every time we start a diet, it gets harder, not easier.

                It’s therefore absolutely crucial that we start with the end in mind. We have to start a diet that is sustainable for months to come. There are three ways to do that:

                1. Focus on Satiety

                While a calorie deficit is important, we also have to focus on staying full. If our brain thinks we’re starving, our diet is doomed to fail.

                If we fight against our genome, we enter a war we can not win. If we fight against our genome, we enter a war we can not win. Eat high protein foods while avoiding processed foods. This will get you started.

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                2. Add Weightlifting and Cardiovascular Training to Your Schedule

                Weightlifting and cardio can improve the ratio of lost fat and muscle mass and keep us healthy. Increased muscle mass will also make it easier to keep off the weight, as it increases our caloric need.

                You can learn more about why cardio is so good for you in this article.

                3. Add Incremental Changes

                A diet shouldn’t necessarily be a diet. It should be a long-term dietary change for the better. We lay the groundwork to our dieting success by beginning with the end in mind.

                Try making one small change to your diet each week to avoid shocking your body and mind. As you work incrementally, you’ll train your body to adjust slowly and sustainably.

                Conclusion

                Rapid weight loss is a false fantasy. There’s no supplement that will help you lose 40 pounds in 2 weeks.

                It’s practically impossible to keep the weight off long-term if you do this because the dietary switch was never sustainable in the first place.

                Instead of focusing on short-term results, we should pay special attention to long-term habit change to get us to a healthy weight and more balanced levels of body fat.

                Weight loss is a trojan horse. We might expect superficial results like an improved reflection in the mirror, but if we begin with the end in mind and focus on long-term habit change, it affects multiple components of our existence and can lead to a better quality of life overall.

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