4 Yoga poses for sleeping
Are you an insomniac yogi? Or maybe just have a hard time quieting your inner dialogue and need help calming down at night? Everybody has those nights and instead of turning on the TV or grabbing your computer there are a few yoga poses that can help to shift your energy and calm you down.
- Viparita Kirani with your legs up the wall: give your heart a break and turn the tables on gravity as you ease your nervous system with this pose. Using the wall for support, you can sink into this soothing restorative posture.
- Spinal Twist on your back: Lay on your back and hug your knees into your chest, releasing one leg and gently twisting the opposite knee across your body – repeat on the other side. Spinal Twists are great for wringing out your spine, resetting your digestive system and easing your neck and shoulders.
- Happy Baby (on your bed if your ready): Lay on your back and gently rock your feet up and you grab the insides arches or heels of your feet. In class, this pose is often a very active stretch but it doesn’t have to be, instead use Happy Baby as a gentle release for your hips and lumbar spine.
- Supta Baddha Konasana: With the soles of your feet together, let your knees fall open and bring one hand to your heart, the other to your belly. This will typically be your last pose before Savasana, find relaxation as your lower back, glutes and groins release any leftover tension from the day.
*If your practicing close to bed time, be sure to avoid active inversions like handstand or back bending as these can both act like a shot of adrenaline, providing energy and rejuvenation that may keep you up.
Which Yoga Poses help you sleep well at night?
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