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Anxious Before Bed? Calm Down and Loosen Up With These 8 Restorative YouTube Yoga Classes

I’m not big on working out at night (it’s a whole thing where I get sweaty, then I have to shower, then I go to bed with my hair wet and wake up with it looking like an avant-garde sculpture), but the one thing I will do is a slow, relaxing yoga flow, especially when I’m feeling wired or anxious. The mindful movement and breathwork help to calm my thoughts and bring me back to the present from whatever stressed-out mental track I’ve wandered down. The stretching component does the same for my body, releasing tension from muscles that were crunched up all day at work or pushed to the limit during a workout.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up eight bedtime yoga sequences designed with these goals in mind to help you calm your thoughts, loosen up your body, and wind down toward sleep. They’re all on YouTube, so you can queue up one while you’re brushing your teeth and complete it right before shutting off the lights. Enjoy the deep breathing, the meditative mindset, and the physical release of each pose, and let the calm that follows help you drift off to sleep.

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