Namaste is a phrase commonly used at the end of a yoga class generally meaning the light in me honors the light in you. So “namast’ay in bed” is a pun off of that word. And it's actually one that I don't recommend using anymore because it disrespects the true meaning of the word. But I wrote this post a long time ago and didn't know any better.
Anyway, now on to the real purpose of this post, which is to teach you wonderful stretches that you can do from the comfort of your own bed.
Lately, getting out of bed has seemed like the hardest thing in the world. Could be the heat of the summer. Could be the blue moon making me all weird. Could be recovering from a hectic week last week.
But whatever the case, it got me thinking about some productive and healing things you can do before your feet hit the floor and you’re off for the day, right from the comfort of your cozy bed. Here are some ideas.
Clear Your Mind
Instead of reaching for your phone right away to flood your mind with overstimulating Facebook feeds or news articles, take a few deep breathes and tell your body and mind that it’s time to get up. Look out the window. Move your eyes around in circles and side to side and get them warmed up for the day. I know that sounds silly but it does feel good!
But in general, take a moment to set the tone for the day before you start moving around and checking in with the rest of the world.
Stretch Like A Cat
Ever notice how cats like to take a nice long stretch after they’ve been napping? Well, it’s actually very wise. The connective tissue, or fascia, that connects everything in your body together hardens when your body is at rest. And if you don’t break it up by stretching and moving on a regular basis, it builds upon itself getting more and more layers of hardened gunk that can affect your whole body. Please take a moment to watch my favorite video explaining fascia HERE. Dr. Gill Hedley is pretty entertaining.
So when your body has been resting for around 8 hours during the night, your fascia needs stretching and moving even more.
Here are some of my fave “bed-asanas” that allow you to warm up the spine and get ready for the day. And you’re welcome in advance for getting to see me in my pj's.
Just remember with any of these poses, move slow and take 3-5 deep breaths in every pose.
A Tall Glass Of Water
I have a glass of water on my nightstand ready for me when I wake up. Overnight your body gets dehydrated and needs nourishment ASAP. I sit up in bed and drink my water as a little pick me up before I get up to make my morning drink of choice and breakfast. It also helps your digestion moving and grooving.
I hope these tips are helpful for you as you go into this week. Give it a whirl and see how it changes the tone of your day!