Yoga poses to help you sleep
Are you someone who tends to feel energized when you need to go to sleep or someone who’s mind starts working in overdrive right when you lay down for bed?
The three poses listed below have a relaxation effect on your nervous system which is helpful for falling asleep. I recommend listening to some relaxing music while going through these poses. Music is so helpful in helping us get into a relaxed mindset and there are plenty of free options on youtube. After performing these poses, feel free to lie in savasana for further relaxation.
With all of these yoga poses, keep your breathing deep and steady to promote relaxation.
To stay relaxed, you should be doing belly breathing (diaphragmatic breathing); if you don’t know what this is, I have a video on this that I will link below.
All poses should feel good and should be pain-free. Try to keep your eyes closed during the poses. Hold each pose for 1 minute and 30 seconds that way this routine will take you less than 5 minutes!
1. Wide child’s pose (balasana)
For this pose bring your toes together and let your knees go out wide. Sit back toward your heels. If needed, feel free to place a folded blanket or pillow between your feet and buttocks to limit the bend in your knees. Relax your forehead on the ground. Extend your arms out in front and relax into the pose.
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2. Modified happy baby
I love all these poses for relaxation but this one has to be my favorite, it just feels so relaxing to me! Lying on your back, bend your knees and hold onto your inner ankles. Keep the upper body as relaxed as you can.
Lying on your back, bend your knees, and let your knees fall out to the side with your feet together. Feel free to use pillows or yoga blocks under your thighs if needed. Again, keep your palms facing down to promote grounding
15 min yoga flow to relax before bed:
Video on how to perform belly breathing:
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