Self-Care Challenge (Day 177): Stretching

gray yoga block on hardwood floor

On day 177 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored stretching before bed to unwind after a long day.

At a yoga class last week, I learned a new pose: the supported bridge. It’s my latest obsession.

I’ve noticed in recent years that my hip flexors and lower back don’t quite cooperate like they did when I was younger. They get tight and sore more easily, especially after extended periods of activity or sitting — the two extremes of yuck.

The supported bridge is my new best friend. It’s the perfect wind-down stretch just before bed, helping me to relax (“melt” is probably a better word) and prepare for sleep.

Experimenting with different poses sometimes leads to new self-care practices.

What’s your favorite yoga pose?

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