Now that we’re back to routines and ‘normal’ bedtimes, it’s all good, right?
Yeah, maybe in Never Never Land. (Wait, I don’t thing they sleep in the land where kids never grow up. Anyway…) In reality, bedtime can be tough, deteriorating into an hours-long ordeal of ‘more’… more books, more cups of water, and more back rubs.
If that’s the case in your house, you’ll love this fuss-free yoga sequence from Lauren Chaitoff, founder and co-owner of Yogi Beans in New York City. The routine incorporates stretching, loosening, and deep breathing, which naturally stimulates the relaxation response and primes your child for sleep. “If you do nothing else, try the deep breathing and thinking positive thoughts,” says Chaitoff, who uses a variation of the sequence with her five-month-old daughter. “We say ‘Om’ and I stretch her and give her a massage.”
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Before you start, Chaitoff recommends dimming the lights in the bedroom and using a gentle, soft tone with your child and encouraging him to do the same. Before you know it, you’ll both be asleep!
Mountain to the Moon
Start by standing tall in Mountain pose (feet firmly on the ground, head forward, shoulders back). Raise your arms overhead and pretend you’re reaching for the moon. Spread your fingers wide apart and twinkle them like shinning stars. Stretch both arms over to one side and then over to the other.
Loose Like a Noodle
Bring your arms back to center and slowly roll down towards your feet until your hands are touching your toes. Sway for a little bit from side to side and let your arms swing loose like noodles.