I didn’t use to enjoy relaxing yoga classes.
I was all about the power and the flow, and most of all, feeling transformed and noodle-y after an intense yogic experience.
One day, back when I lived in LA, I ended up in a random beginner class at YogaWorks. The class I’d come for was full, and the only one available was one with a funny name that I knew nothing about. But… I’d put on the yoga pants and driven there, so I was goin’ do yoga. So I signed in.
I found myself in a room with women my mother’s age wearing shirts that said, “I’m just here for the savansana.”
And… it was an extremely soft yoga class, as you can imagine, which ironically ended up being one of the hardest classes I’d ever taken. Not because we did 56 vinyasas, but because I had no choice but to surrender to a roly poly, namby-pamby practice in the middle of the day. I’ll be honest… I was beyond frustrated.
But I remember a voice in my head saying,”If you ended up in this class… there must be something here for you to learn.” My snarky rebuttal to my “higher self” was something to the effect of “Lord, grant me patience… and make it quick.”
But that was then.
These days as I strive to balance out my yang, type A energy, believe it or not, I’ve been enjoying more and more the softer yoga practices – especially in the evening. Do I still enjoy challenging yoga? Um, yes. Yes, I do. But at least nowadays I can just “be” a little bit more, and it does me a world of good.
Today’s bedtime yoga practice is 100% for relaxation, and to prepare you for a deep, sumptuous sleep. I truly hope it does you a world a good, which is especially important at the moment, as we find ourselves in unnervingly uncertain times. This practice is perfect for you if you suffer from insomnia or troubled sleep as it will improve the quality of your shut-eye, and reduce feelings of fatigue.
(Why is this practice for pandas? 🐼 I explain in the video…)
Here’s wishing you sweet dreams, and happy thoughts. As always, if you enjoy this practice, please do let me know, and maybe share it with a friend.