As it might be tempting to think that working out hard before bed will tire you out, you actually want to soothe your nervous system and wind down from your day. The secret to sleeping well with yoga is to focus on quiet and restorative positions.
Forward Fold –
- A gentle inversion is the Forward Fold. Your parasympathetic nervous system is activated. The body’s operations are slowed by this system. It will relieve tension and assist you in falling asleep.
- Standing tall with your feet hip-distance apart is an excellent place to start.
- Inhale deeply as you raise and lower your arms until they meet above your head.
- Pull your knees to your chest by clenching your thigh fronts and bending forward from the waist while exhaling.
- Breathe in slowly and gently while grabbing opposing elbows and letting your arms hang just behind your head — broaden your stance if you’re afraid of losing your balance.
- Before rising to your feet, take 10 to 15 slow, deep breaths.
Supine Twist –
- Twists, in general, aid in detoxification, stress release, and back pain reduction. Furthermore, it has been discovered that some reclining stances can relax your baroreflex, which lowers blood pressure. This can help you fall asleep and remain asleep.
- On the mat, lie down on your back. While inhaling, draw your knees into your chest.
- Exhale and extend your arms out to the side at shoulder height, allowing your knees to fall to the side, stacking them on top of one another. A little cushion can be placed beneath your bottom knee if necessary or desired to help support the twist.
- Check in with your body as you breathe into the twist to make sure neither shoulder blade pushes up off the ground.
- If that’s the case, you can elevate your legs slightly and use a cushion (or another cushion) to keep your shoulders down against the mat.
- Retain this position for at least 5 deep breaths, then inhale and pull your legs back to your chest, pressing into your arms to help them move before dropping them to the opposite side.
Puppy Pose –
- This is a variation of the Child’s Pose; the upper back, spine, and shoulders are stretched. It aids tension and stress reduction. The pituitary gland, a key melatonin source, is similarly stimulated by placing the forehead on the ground. Melatonin is a hormone that aids sleep.
- On the mat, get down on all fours, keeping your hips over your knees and shoulders over your wrists.
- Begin walking your hands out before you without moving your hips, but keep your elbows off the floor.
- Tuck, your toes under, move your buttocks halfway to your heels as you exhale, and slowly lower your forehead to the carpet.
- Breathe at this point, keeping a slight curve in your lower back, press your hands down and stretch through your arms and spine.
Child’s Pose –
- The hips, thighs, and ankles are stretched in Child’s Pose. It also passively extends your back torso and relaxes your front body muscles. This stance relieves stress, boosts melatonin production, and calms the mind.
- Bring your big toes together to make them touch, broaden your knees to at least hip-width, and sit back on your heels from all fours.
- Exhale and place your torso between your thighs. You can broaden your feet or place a long, narrow cushion between your legs to support your body if it’s more comfortable.
- You can stretch your arms before you while entirely in Child’s Pose. As a follow-up to Puppy Pose, you can rest your hands beside your torso, palms up.
- Retain this posture for at least 10 breaths. When you rise from it, do so while inhaling and, if desired, support yourself with your hands.
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- Legs-Up-the- A gentle inversion is a wall. It’s also entirely passive, which aids in preparing your brain and body for sleep.
- Place your mat against a wall that has room and sit parallel to it.
- Lie down with your knees bent and your feet on the ground.
- Lift your feet and slowly swing your torso perpendicular to the wall while resting on your lower back. Place your sitting bones against the wall’s base and your legs against the wall’s top. Make yourself at home by shifting your torso and moving your lower back closer to the wall if necessary. Stretch your legs until they reach the top of the wall.
- Rest your arms out to the sides, palms up, at whichever angle feels comfortable.
- Stay as long as you want here, inhaling deeply and letting go of stress.
These exercises can offer you instant effects in the shape of a better night’s sleep if you do them before bedtime tonight. Even better news: if you regularly incorporate them into your nightly routine, the benefits will get stronger, and your sleep will improve.