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Bedtime Yoga for Pandas



panda yoga for bedtime

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.

Relaxing yoga? No, merci.

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.

Relaxing yoga on second thought? Yes, please.

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.

Enjoy. Zzzz.

(Why is this practice for pandas? 🐼 I explain in the video…)

VIDEO: Bedtime Yoga for Pandas | Relaxing Yoga for Sleep

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.



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4 thoughts on “Bedtime Yoga for Pandas

  1. Bianca says:

    That was a great evening yoga. And the background music was so relaxing!

    1. Ann says:

      Thanks so much, Bianca! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, and thanks for telling me so!

  2. Liz Strand says:

    I enjoyed the panda yoga routine and want to try it over time. I liked listening to your voice as well as the soothing music in the background. I didn’t fall to sleep immediately but I did sleep well. I will try it over time and see if it helps more. I have not done yoga since the beginning of the shutdown so I really need the stretching especially since I am exercising more than usual and riding my bike which I haven’t done for years. Keep up the good work! Love you!

    1. Ann says:

      Oh, Liz, what a lovely comment! Thank you so much for your continued support. So glad that you enjoyed the practice, and yes, definitely, do it more than once and see if it helps your slumber! I sure hope so! And yes, yoga is a great balancing activity for walking and biking. Love you, too!

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