This evening yoga routine is a night-time soother. It comprises forward bends, spinal twists and lends way to reclining hip and shoulder openers to de-stress the body. It starts in a hug to stretch the whole spine from tailbone to neck, and then resolves into side and forward bends to create space between the vertebrae – while releasing tense hamstrings, hips and quads. A series of reclining poses sooth tight joints, ligaments and tendons. A restorative inversion elicits the parasympathetic nervous system response and lowers the heart rate – while quieting the mind. A gentle heart-opener relaxes tight shoulders and neck. A final introspective pose allows you to turn the senses in and prepare for a restful sleep.