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The Best Yoga Moves For Your Dorm Room To Create A New Workout Routine

Work with the space you’ve got.

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When you move into your dorm, you might be figuring out how to live with roommates and deal with a smaller living space. If you want to incorporate fitness and self-care into your routine, you might also be looking into yoga moves you can do from the comfort of your dorm room.

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While you may not be able to do every lunge and pose you’re used to doing in a yoga studio, there are some yoga poses that work in even the smallest of spaces. Here are the 10 best yoga moves you can practice in your dorm room.

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Don't have space for a yoga mat? Just find a small area that's away from any distractions like the area between you and your roommate's beds. As long as you can stand and stretch your arms up, you can perform these 10 yoga moves in your dorm room.

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Standing Prayer Pose

To do the standing prayer pose, you need to stand up with your hands in a prayer position in front of your chest. Per Z Living, the standing prayer pose is actually a very “therapeutic stance” and can help to relax you, making it a perfect choice if you’re dealing with a lot of mid-semester stress.

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Tree Pose

To do tree pose, get into your standing prayer pose, then lift one leg and rest it against the inner thigh of your other leg. This position really helps to center you and enhance your balance. If you’re afraid of falling, Yoga Journal suggests holding onto a chair or the wall until you’re more comfortable.

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Lotus Pose

Some yoga moves are surprisingly easy to do on your bed. If you’re looking for a position you can incorporate into a 10-minute morning yoga or meditation routine, try the lotus pose. This is where you sit with your legs crossed with one on top of the other.

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Seated Forward Bend

The seated forward bend is another pose you can do in bed. Just stretch your legs out in front of you and bend over as far as you can go. This move really stretches your spine, shoulders, and hamstrings. It can even reduce fatigue, something you’ll need after all those late-night study sessions.

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Upward-Facing Dog

Upward-facing dog is also super easy to perform in bed or a small area on the floor. Use your arms to push the top part of your body up off the ground as you stretch out your chest and bend your back. This is really great if you’re tired from being hunched over your computer.

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Child’s Pose

From your upward-facing dog, move into a child’s pose. Just sit back on your legs as you stretch out your torso with your arms in front of you. If you want to take up less space, try this child’s pose variation where you keep your arms back by your side.

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Standing Forward Bend

Think of the standing forward bend as the vertical version of your seated forward bend. All you need to do is lean over and try to reach your hands to your toes. Just like the other forward bend, this move stretches out your hamstrings.

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Yogi Squat

Once you feel warmed up, you may want to take your standing prayer pose to the next step with the yogi squat. In this vertical move, all you need to do is crouch down into a squatted position. This simple pose stretches out your hips while alleviating lower back pain.

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Seated Spinal Twist

You can do the seated spinal twist in bed or on the floor. In this position, you’ll cross one leg over the other and twist your spine to look in the opposite direction. This will really stretch out your back. Just remember to do it on both sides to get an equal stretch.

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Twisted Chair Pose

The twisted chair pose really tones your thighs, hips, and booty, according to Yoga Outlet. To do it, squat down like you’re about to sit in a chair. Once you’re in that position, twist your torso either to the right or left with your arms in a prayer pose in front of your chest.

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