As summer comes to a close, many of us are getting ready to head back to school. Getting back into the swing of things can be difficult, especially after a long and relaxing summer. Back to school means going back to strict schedules, deadlines, studying, a cramped lifestyle and stress.
Keeping up with a consistent yoga practice at school can be hard for a lot of reasons. One, with our class and homework schedules, we don’t always have the time to fit in a class at the gym or local studio. Two, we might not be able to afford public classes. Three, we might not have room in our dorms or apartments for a big, wild yoga practice. Well, stress no more! We came up with some yoga poses that are dorm-friendly. These dorm room yoga poses are simple, but can provide stress relief, and physical relief from the tightness and tension that school often brings to our bodies.
So, lay out your mat, light a candle (if they’re allowed!), and get ready to feel a little more zen.
Dorm Room Yoga Poses
These are a great way to kick start your day. Start standing at the top of your mat. Inhale to lift your arms over your head, exhale to forward fold. Inhale to halfway lift, exhale to a low plank. Inhale to an up dog, exhale to a downward facing dog. Breathe in down dog for about 5 long, slow breaths. Then step to the top of your mat and forward fold. Inhale to lift back up to standing. Repeat this three to five times, depending on how you are feeling.
Being a student is hard on the body. Sitting in a desk most of the day can leave the hips and thighs feeling tight and achey. Sitting over a computer or a book most of the day can leave the shoulders feeling extremely tense. Humble warrior relieves all of these aches and pains in one healing dorm room yoga pose. Start by coming into Warrior One. Keep your front knee bent and your back foot grounded. Interlace your hands behind your back and squeeze the shoulders together. Then bow down, keeping your hands clasped, and snuggle your front shoulder into your front thigh or knee. Let the head bow down and breathe for three to five breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Seated Forward Folds
Forward folds are very healing for the low back and leg muscles. It does not matter if you can touch your toes, or barely reach your knees. Take a seat and extend one leg out in front of you, and take the other foot to the inner thigh of the extended leg. Fold over the extended leg and take five deep breaths. Repeat on the other side. Then, repeat with both legs extended out. For this forward fold, keep your knees a little soft. Notice how the muscles of your lower back will start to stretch and lengthen out, undoing some of the damage of sitting at a desk all day. Take seven deep breaths in this long forward fold, and then gently come out of it.
No yoga would be complete without Savasana, even dorm room yoga! Lay on your back in a comfortable position with your arms and legs extended. Find total stillness of the mind and body as best you can. Set your timer for about 5 minutes. This is a crucial pose for giving your mind and body the rest it so desperately needs.
Try these dorm room yoga poses and let us know how they feel! You might just notice your body and mind feeling refreshed and rested.