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I'm Jules, a 23 year old recent college graduate, currently working and applying for grad school. I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when I was 14. I'm 100% committed to recovery because I know how amazing it can be. This blog is about my journey and any help and inspiration I can offer others on their own journeys.
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Bedtime Yoga Series

I got a request for a bedtime yoga series to help promote sleep, so here it is guys!  It can be done on a mat, or on your bed.  It’s a good series for yoga beginners as well as those who are more experienced and need something gentle to prepare for sleep.

1) Short Meditation- Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or backboard. Close your eyes and rest your hands on your thighs and just breathe here for a few minutes. This doesn’t have to be a serious meditation but just a short while to do nothing but breathe.

2) Seated Twists- Stay in your seated position and twist around to the back of your bed. If you have a backboard you can grab onto that to help your twist. Breathe into the twist for a few breaths and then try the other side. 

3) Easy Forward Bend- Keep your seated position and gently bend forward at your hips and let your hands stretch out straight in front of you on the bed. This will feel good in your hips and your whole back. 

4) Legs Extended Forward Bend Flat Back- Slowly start to straighten your legs in front of you. You can keep your knees bent slightly since we are working towards sleep here instead of the power yoga move of the day. Reach towards your feet with your knees bent and keep your back flat. Bend your knees as much as you need to keep your back flat. This is a really nice hamstring stretch. 

5)Legs Extended Forward Bend Round Back- Keep your legs extended out in front of you and round your back gently over your legs. This is a nice stretch along your spine. 

6) Lying Down Knee to Chest- Roll back down on your back and rest your head on your pillow. Bring one knee into your chest and grab your shin to pull it closer to you. Breathe here for a few breaths. This lengthens your extended leg and loosens up your hip. Switch legs and do the other side. 

7) Hamstring Stretch- Extend your leg straight up to the ceiling. Grab behind your knee or closer to your ankle. Keep the leg straight and slowly start to bring it closer to your head on each exhale. Try the other side. Remember to stay gentle with these stretches—almost like you are half-doing them. This will help you drop any tension left in your body before bed. 

8) Half Happy Baby- Bend your knee again and flex your foot to face the ceiling. Grab the outside of your foot with the same arm as foot and bend your knee towards your armpit. You can also do this with both feet at the same time. 

9) Bend Knee Lying Down Twist- Bend your knee back into your chest and twist your leg across your body. Turn your head in the opposite direction and bring your arms out to a T shape. Make sure to do the other side. 

10) Star Shape Twist- Extend your leg that is twisted over and reach with that foot out to the diagonal. Reach with your opposite hand to the opposite diagonal. Look towards your hand. This is a really nice twist. Try the other side. You can boost your hips up and come up to an elbow, like in the picture.

11) Knee Hug- Hug both knees into your chest and rock slowly side to side on your back. Let your whole back relax into your bed. 

12) Savasana- You’re almost there. Extend both legs out straight into a savasana position. Rest here for a while. If you prefer to sleep in this position then you’re all set and have a great sleep. 

13) Sleep- The best yoga position: sleep. Roll over on to your side and enjoy your night of rest. 

(adapted from http://www.womenshealthmag.com/yoga/bedtime-yoga)

This is super old but I think I’m going to revisit it tonight after my PT exercises because my sleep is a mess right now.  

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I just enjoyed a brief restorative yoga practice (wearing just my panties, of course) between work and my much-needed nap.  I am in love with my yoga brick.  There are very few things in this earthly plane of existence that feel as good as stretching my back with my yoga brick.

I just enjoyed a brief restorative yoga practice (wearing just my panties, of course) between work and my much-needed nap.  I am in love with my yoga brick.  There are very few things in this earthly plane of existence that feel as good as stretching my back with my yoga brick.

fitnessfoodfaith:

I just did this bedtime yoga sequence and it is SO GOOD. Ready for bed! Completely stretched out my lower back!

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Today was my first semi-blind weigh-in.  I get told whether I am within a given range, above it, or below it.  I was expecting for it to really stress me out, but I’m not obsessing about it now.  If I can’t deal with not knowing the exact number, I can call her tomorrow and she will tell me.  I’m going to try not to do that.  I am also really sick and have a fever, so I’m trying to unwind with a bit of gentle yoga and Supernatural.

Today was my first semi-blind weigh-in.  I get told whether I am within a given range, above it, or below it.  I was expecting for it to really stress me out, but I’m not obsessing about it now.  If I can’t deal with not knowing the exact number, I can call her tomorrow and she will tell me.  I’m going to try not to do that.  I am also really sick and have a fever, so I’m trying to unwind with a bit of gentle yoga and Supernatural.

"Do you follow any blogs that are about yoga?" With love, Anonymous.

Yes, I follow a few that focus on yoga for mental and physical wellness because I have trouble mentally with a lot of “fitspo” showing up on my dash.  I also follow a lot of people who are interested in yoga among other things.  I’m not sure that I could go through and pick out which blogs that I follow are about yoga so…

LIKE THIS IF YOU ARE A BLOG ABOUT YOGA!

(and if I don’t follow you already I’ll check out your blog <3)

scienceofeds:

neurosciencestuff:

Frontiers publishes systematic review on the effects of yoga on major psychiatric disorders
Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD in patients on medication, according to a systematic review of the exercise on major clinical psychiatric disorders.
Published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Psychiatry, on January 25th, 2013, the review of more than one hundred studies focusing on 16 high-quality controlled studies looked at the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems.
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Hey yoga fans, good news!

scienceofeds:

neurosciencestuff:

Frontiers publishes systematic review on the effects of yoga on major psychiatric disorders

Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD in patients on medication, according to a systematic review of the exercise on major clinical psychiatric disorders.

Published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Psychiatry, on January 25th, 2013, the review of more than one hundred studies focusing on 16 high-quality controlled studies looked at the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems.

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Hey yoga fans, good news!

pixieyogi:

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"Just wanted to say thank you for sharing the sun/moon salutation links featuring the rounded cartoon figure. I'd been looking for a pictorial that didn't involve a thin image for AGES. So thank you for that, and being here for all of us. You are such a great person, doing such great things. I really appreciate it." With love, Anonymous.

I’m so glad you liked the links!  I love the cartoon picture you’re talking about and refer to it whenever possible, haha.  Much love <3