My vacation is officially done and I am back in the desert. The time away was grand. I got some quality time alone with my husband, then retrieved the kids from Grandma to do a family road trip. I have much to post and so many pictures to share. But first I need sleep. All the time spent driving with a car full of kids was fun but a little overwhelming. Plus, coming home after extended time away means laundry. Lots and lots of laundry. Who knew vacation could be so tiring?
Quieting the Busy Mind
Sometimes I find sleep to be a challenge. I can be bone tired, lying in bed. But my head is still racing and my body is still twitching. Practicing a few yoga poses before bedtime helps settle me down. If you have some problems with insomnia, simple evening routines do help.
A few tips to make the evening routine more successful. First, do a brain dump. Get all the action items out of your head and onto a scratchpad or onto your calendar. Once the list is out of your head and put away safely, you will be better prepared to practice without distraction. I call this my “pre-yoga”. Next, a few bedtime yoga guidelines:
- Keep your sequence simple
- Stick to seated or supine poses
- Limit all the light sources to your practice area
Access the Yoga Flow Routine
Here is one routine to help you unwind/relax in the evening.
→ Bedtime Yoga
(click for full flow sequences and printable worksheets)
Recommended Music Selections
I took a short break from The Carter’s, but now I’m revisiting their ablum. Not all the music is appropriate to unwind, but one song has captured my attention. Have a listen to this dreamy Summer slow jam. Keep the music low and enjoy.