A Better Day Awaits: 5 Yoga Poses to Help Your Hangover
We've all been there! You know that feeling when you've had a little too much fun and you're FEELING it the next morning? Yoga is a fantastic way to improve hangover symptoms and get you ready for a better day ahead.
With these five poses thought up by Yoga Wake Up instructor Lindsey Valdez, you will ease tension, reduce bloating and relieve your headache all without leaving your cozy bed.
Valdez, who recently recorded a "Hangover Helper" wakeup for all those Sunday Fundays she knows you're having this summer, explained to us why yoga has such a positive effect post-party time.
"Yoga helps ease inflammation in the body and relieves tension, relaxing the nervous system," Valdez said. "It also helps us to stay present and come back to our breath, which can temporarily relieve a headache. Specifically, long, deep, cooling breaths when linked to easeful movements, might just be enough to kick that hangover."
That said, she also reminds you to hydrate throughout the day and go easy with your practice, making the poses restorative. That means longer holds. "Just relax into this sequence and make it work for you."
Below are 5 Poses for Helping that Hangover!
Want to make this even easier? Follow along with the audio-guided version by Lindsey, available in the app when you are subscribed to Yoga Wake Up premium.
1. Child's Pose (Balasana)
There's the obvious reason why Child's Pose feels good, which is simply that you can rest your forehead, and relax your shoulders and allow it to be completely restorative. But also, Child's Pose can ease tightness in the low back, relieving the kidneys and creating more space in the abdomen to aid digestion and detoxification.
Try turning your head side to side slowly massaging your forehead on your bed, which should feel really nice on that headache. If you want to move this one into a side twist, place one hand on top of the other and shift your weight to one side until you feel it in your side body.
2. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
This one should be done carefully. However, Bridge pose is fantastic for stimulating the abdominal organs improving digestion and helping to regulate metabolism. Because it revitalizes the legs and stretches the shoulders, it can be a particularly rejuvenating pose. So if you're dreading getting out of bed but have an agenda for the day, Bridge pose could help you get there, easing into alertness.
3. Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Twists are known to be detoxifying and this one is a wonderfully relaxing way to wring out and rinse the organs in the abdomen. Simply relax into this twist and hold each side for a few minutes to feel the benefits.
4. Legs up a wall (Viparita Karani)
Feeling bloated? This semi-inverted pose can help ease bellyaches, remedy cramps, and alleviate migraine tension and anxiety. This pose also gives blood circulation a gentle boost toward the upper body and head, which creates a pleasant rebalancing before you're up and moving into your day. We promise after this pose you will feel refreshed.
5. Supine Bound Ankle Pose (Supta Badokonasana)
Lastly you can come back to this restful pose anytime. Placing one hand on belly and one hand on heart, take long, easeful 3-part breaths feeling the rise and fall of your low belly, then your upper belly, below the ribs and then into your chest. This will provide a lasting, calming effect.
A better day awaits. We hope you feel well again soon!