3 Yoga Poses that induce Better Sleep
Not getting enough sleep? Switch to these 3 easy asanas.
Human Sandwich There’s just something so magical about the introspection in Forward Folds for me. Where does the balance of flexibility and fear live? When does a tight muscle release its grasp and free up some new space? How can I trust I won’t crash & how do I find the faith to let go? Where does my breath go if I’m breathing back in to myself? #dangle #yoga #uttanasana #introverted #forwardfold #yogaeverydamnday #paschima #unguarded #hotyoga
Uttanasana aka the Standing Forward Fold helps relieve tension from neck, back and spine, stretches your hamstrings, hips and calves; while relaxing your mind by reducing stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
To do Uttanasana you must stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend forward from your hips than your waist, as much till your chest rests on your thighs comfortably. Rest your hands on opposite elbows or hold on to your ankles to completely relax your head and neck in between. Stay in the standing forward fold posture for about 30 seconds gradually building up to 1 minute. To release yourself from the Uttanasana, bring your hands to the hips and slowly straighten your torso, rather than just rolling up your spine.
2. Nadi Shodhana
Nadi Shodhana aka the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique helps clear the mind, balance right and left channels and relax your nervous system.
To perform Nadi Shodhana, press your right nostril with your thumb and left nostril with your ring finger. Inhale through your left nostril as you block your right nostril, and then block your left nostril to exhale through your right nostril. Alternate the pattern - inhaling through right nostril and exhaling through left, then inhaling through left and exhaling through right again. Aim to complete 10 rounds of alternate nostril breathing to sleep calm.
3. Viparita Karani
Viparita Karani is often called Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose, but viparita actually means "inverted," and karani means "in action." We can interpret that to mean that the pose inverts the typical actions that happen in our bodies when we sit and stand. There are many benefits to inverting the actions in your body but my favorite is that it gives blood circulation a gentle boost toward the upper body and head, which creates a pleasant re-balancing. If you are feeling stressed or fatigued this pose can be especially refreshing. It is another pose where I take my daughter when she is having moments of anger to share with her another perspective and a mindful moment. This poses' true greatness is that it teaches us experimentally that positive results can come from doing less, not more. #legsupthewall #ViparitaKarani #inverted #action #rebalance #refresh #perspective #mindfulmoment #doless #restoreativeyoga #mindfulness #takeabreak #familyyoga #yogalove #bathroomyoga #puppylove #bridger
Viparita Karani aka Legs up the Wall, is another powerful yoga technique that lets the blood circulation power towards the upper body. Viparita Karani is a pose that people who sit for long hours at desk must do each night before retiring for the day.
To do Viparita Karani you just need to lie on your bed or on the floor and put your legs in a perpendicular or 90 degree angle along the wall. Put your arms to the side and practice belly breathing while lying down in the Legs up the Wall for 5 to 10 minutes.
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