YOGA FOR ENERGY CLEARING

LENGTH: 13 minutes

BENEFITS: 
moves prana through the body, grounding, energizing, empowering

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This class uses breath work and gentle seated poses to move energy through the body to create a sense of being fully grounded in one's own energy.

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
Folded blanket (optional)

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x breath of joy (modified)
x parsva sukhasana - seated side body stretch
x paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
x baddha konasana - bound angle pose 
x seated meditation

5 MIN SUPINE YOGA FOR STRENGTH

LENGTH: 5 minutes

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This entire class is done lying down and helps build strength. Perfect for bed-bound yogis who want to build muscle tone. Can be done in bed or on the floor.

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
Two yoga blocks or pillows.

POSES IN THIS CLASS:

x constructive rest pose

x hand squeezes

x knee hugs

x supta baddha konasana - reclining bound angle pose

YOGA FOR MIND-BODY CONNECTION

LENGTH: 7 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This quick and easy seated practice gets you reconnected with your body in a way that allows you to experience your practice without expectations.

BENEFITS:
energizing, calming, gentle stretch

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
None required. A folded blanket or bolster under the hips may make the practice more comfortable. Practice can be done on the floor or in bed.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x sukhasana - easy seat
x parsva upavistha konasana - half seated wide angle pose with side-body stretch
x janu sirsasana - head to knee pose
x matsyendrasana - seated twist

BED YOGA RETREAT DAY TEN: BEDSIDE PRACTICE

This practice can be adapted for chair yoga.

In this class, we will venture out of bed and explore some fun ways to modify standing poses using the edge of the bed for support. My hope is that you'll feel energized and inspired after this class. 

If you’re someone who likes to practice yoga every day, tomorrow I would recommend doing a restorative or a gentle stretch yoga class just to give your body plenty of time to recuperate from doing a more vigorous practice.

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY EIGHT: FULL BODY STRENGTH

This practice strengthens the entire body. If desired, you can split this class in half and do the upper body one day and the lower body on another day. Honor your body. There's no rush. Building strength takes time, patience and persistence. Every time you practice, no matter how short or how long, you are making progress.

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY SEVEN: NECK + SHOULDERS

I think it's safe to say that most people experience neck and shoulder tension to some degree. Whenever we are not fully present, it is easy to accumulate tension in the body. On a daily basis, I will notice myself unconsciously holding tension in my neck and shoulders. Bringing our awareness to this tension is the first step toward softening and releasing it. Today we are using gentle movement and stretch to relax the neck and shoulders so that we can release this tension. I often find that when this area of my body relaxes, the rest of my body feels less tense as well.

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY FIVE: CHAKRA FLOW

What are the chakras? How does our yoga practice affect them? Why does any of this matter? We'll be exploring all of this on day five with a seated yoga flow that activates all seven of the major chakras. When I originally designed this class, I was going for a flow style but it became a sort of vinyasa flow + restorative hybrid. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY FOUR: RESTORATIVE

Since this is a bed yoga retreat, I wanted to give all of us this opportunity to really savor our practice. Restorative yoga is one of my favorite styles of yoga. In this type of practice, our goal is to gently open and relax the body so that we are able to settle the mind and body into stillness. The poses are held for prolonged periods of time, so we will support the body with props in each pose. Infused with meditation, this restorative practice will rejuvenate your entire body. In my experience, restorative yoga is even more refreshing than sleep because it is a conscious and constructive rest. It relaxes the nervous system, releases tension and calms the mind. 

An overactive mind can make it difficult for us to stay present in the moment. This practice will teach you to observe your thoughts and use the awareness of your body and breath to slow your mind down. Its not about silencing the thoughts but simply no longer allowing them to control your experience. 

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY THREE: SUPINE STRENGTH

For day three, we are going to turn things up a notch. We may be doing yoga in bed, but this doesn't mean we can't condition our muscles at the same time. If you're a bed-bound yogi, this practice is a great way to begin building strength and prevent muscle wasting.  This entire practice is done lying down and targets the upper body, core and lower body. 

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY TWO: BEDTIME YOGA

This gentle, seated and supine practice releases tension in the entire body so that you can feel relaxed and ready for bed. This day also comes with a guided yoga nidra practice for insomnia. You might fall asleep before this is over, so make sure that you're completely ready for bed before you begin.

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BED YOGA RETREAT DAY ONE: MORNING YOGA

This ten minute sequence can be done before you get out of bed in the morning, so even if you don't have time or energy for a longer yoga practice, you've already gotten a bit of yoga in for the day. Prioritizing our practice first thing in the morning allows us to begin our day feeling centered and present, and this carries throughout the rest of the day. If you have time, this day also comes with a guided morning affirmations meditation practice

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RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR INSOMNIA

LENGTH: 45 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE: This practice uses the support of props to promote deep relaxation before bedtime.

BENEFITS:
Relaxing, stress relief, promotes deep sleep

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • seated cat/cow stretches
  • neck stretches
  • pashimottanasana - seated forward bend 
  • bharadvajasana - twist
  • supta baddha konasana- reclining bound angle pose
  • savasana - corpse pose

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
Practice may be done in bed. You will need a yoga bolster or a stack of pillows, plus two extra pillows for this practice.

BEDTIME RELAXATION

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:This practice uses gentle asana (poses) and pranayama (breathcontrol) to relax the body, quiet the mind and release residual tension before bed.

BENEFITS:
Relaxing, stress relief, promotes deep sleep

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • Nadi shodhana - one-nostril breathing
  • sukhasana - easy seat
  • neck stretches
  • dandasana - staff po
  • pashimottana - seated forward bend 
  • janu sirsasana - head to knee pose 
  • baddha konasana - bound angle pose 
  • upavistha konasana - wide legged forward bend 
  • supta matsyendrasana - reclining twist
  • savasana - corpse pose

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
Practice may be done in bed.