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Yoga For Better Sleep

Yoga for Better Sleep: Turn Restlessness into Restfulness

We have all been there – tossing and turning during the night trying to get to sleep.

If you struggle with your sleep habits read on to discover how yoga can help.

How Yoga Helped Me Get a Better Night’s Sleep

I understand the struggles of insomnia firsthand.

A year after the birth of my second son, I had a period when I was only getting a few hours at most a night.

Sometimes I lay awake all night.  Like many people, I ended up taking sleeping medication, but it didn’t work.

I had heard that yoga supported good sleep but never paid much attention.  There came a point where I desperately needed to help myself heal my sleep deprivation so decided to research it further.  I am glad I did as not only did my sleep improve, but my attitude towards it changed too.

Why Sleep Matters (and Why We Often Miss Out)

Sleep isn’t just for the lazy (pun intended!).

It’s crucial for our physical and mental wellbeing.

Think of it as our body’s repair time.  Without sleep, our immune system weakens, our mood plummets, and our focus blurs.  This affects our ability to handle what life throws at us.

Yet, in our fast-paced world, sleep often gets sacrificed for late-night scrolling, or catching up with stuff we don’t get done during the day.

Yoga For Better Sleep

Yoga offers a treasure trove of tools to lull you into restful slumber:

  • Yamas & Niyamas: These ethical and self-discipline principles help us to navigate our inner and outer world. Our mindset can affect the quality of our sleep.  For example, when I wasn’t sleeping I would spend the day worrying about how much sleep I would get the following night.  I was talking myself into not having a good night!   Once I saw this I could adapt the negative thought process into a more positive and kind one and as a result, fell asleep more easily.  The Yamas and Niyamas help you question your thoughts and actions.
  • Poses: The right combination of yoga poses can wake you up in the morning or help you get ready for bed.  Try it out for yourself with the practice video below
  • Pranayama: Calming breathwork soothes the mind and nervous system, preparing you for a gentle descent into dreamland. Try this simple breathing technique to get you started.  Get a good diaphragmatic breath going.  Inhale say to yourself peace, exhale away worry.  Do this for 5 minutes or so.
  • Meditation: Quiet your mind and cultivate present-moment awareness, even for just a few minutes; no more sheep counting, just peaceful stillness.
  • Relaxation: Savasana (yoga corpse pose) isn’t simply lying down – it’s a deep rest that teaches your body to surrender.  Another beautiful tool is Yoga Nidra (non-sleep deep rest).  Nidra can not only help you fall asleep but recover from a bad night.

Final Thoughts

I hope you will give the yoga tips above a try.  Experiment and find out what works for you.

For more tailored support private yoga lessons could be the answer.  I will be able to create a programme that will suit your personal needs and goals.

I am also running a workshop, ‘ Yoga For Better Sleep’ on 25th May.  Click here to find out more.

Happy dreaming, yogis!

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