Yoga for sleep: Practice these 6 yoga poses for a

There’s no doubt that yoga is a great exercise that helps you feel better from head to toe. It helps you feel relaxed, strong and gives you mental clarity. But did you know yoga can help you sleep better as well?

Yoga For Sleep

Is tossing and turning in bed a normal late-night ritual for you? Stress due to the constant hustle and bustle of life can affect your sleep, affecting your overall health. In some cases, all of this can even lead to insomnia. For the unversed, insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. But the good news that yoga can help induce sleep so that you can get ample hours of zzz’s at night. Here are some yoga poses to help you have a restful sleep at night.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

  • Start with your knees on the floor and your buttocks on your feet
  • Make sure your back is straight and your hands are resting on your knees
  • Now, exhale and slide down and forward into the child’s pose, using your hands as support. Allow your forehead to touch the ground
  • Breathe in and out slowly, and hold the pose for a while
  • Now, come back to the initial position using your hands while inhaling
  • Do not push yourself too much while doing this pose and avoid putting pressure on your back

Seated Forward Fold

  • Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you
  • Draw your toes back, lengthen your spine and push your chest forward
  • Now, bend your hips and move forward
  • Move your hands down your feet as far as possible, folding your torso into your legs
  • Tuck your chin into your chest and hold the position for a few minutes for as long as you can

Lizard Pose

  • Lie on your stomach on a yoga mat and place your palms near your ears. Point your toes downwards so that your heels are facing the ceiling
  • Exhale and push off your hands, such that your buttocks are pointing towards the ceiling
  • As you exhale, step your right foot forwards and place it at the edge of your right hand
  • Bring both your forearms to the floor inside the right leg
  • Keep your inner left thigh lifting and resisting. Press the left heels away and keep your hips square. You will a stretch in your upper back while doing this position
  • Stay in this position for at least five breaths and come back to the initial position
  • Now do this again by stepping your left foot forward

Legs Up The Wall

  • Sit on a yoga mat with your left side against the wall. In case you are using a bolster, your lower back should rest on that
  • Now, gently turn your body to the left and bring your legs up onto the wall
  • Bring your butt against the wall
  • Press down through the inner edges of your feet, as you begin to lift your sitting bones higher up the wall to straighten your legs
  • To go deeper, step back until your heels are touching the baseboard

Bridge

  • Lie on your back, with bent knees and feet flat on the floor. Keep your arms by your sides with palms facing the floor
  • Now using your arms strength push your pelvis off the floor, towards the ceiling. Exhale as you do this
  • Keep your body lifted such that your neck and head are still flat on the floor and the rest of your body is in the air, similar to a bridge
  • Hold this pose for five steady, consistent breaths

Corpse Pose

  • Lie down on your back with your eyes closed
  • Keep your legs comfortable and let your knees relax completely. Place your arms alongside and spread a little apart from your body. Make sure that you leave your palms open
  • Try and draw attention to the tip of your nose and observe your breath
  • Keep breathing slowly, deeply and gently and allow your breath to relax you. Make sure you don t fall asleep
  • After 5-10 minutes whenever you feel relaxed slowly get up and sit in an easy pose

Published : December 24, 2020 7:38 pm | Updated:December 25, 2020 9:43 am


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