Are you having trouble sleeping? It could be your stress keeping you up at night. If you’re looking for a Mindful solution, skip counting sheep and try a few yoga poses instead. Stress-reducing, insomnia-curing yoga poses can help you shed the emotional weight of your day and relax into a peaceful slumber.
- Supta Baddha Konasana. Also known as “Reclining Bound Angle Pose,” this pose relieves stress and improves circulation. To achieve this pose, lie back on your bed. Bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees open wide. Hold this pose as you take deep breaths and relax.
- Ananda Balasana. This pose is also known as “Happy Baby Pose.” It is achieved by lying back in bed and placing a pillow behind your head and neck. Pull your knees toward your belly, use your hands to hold the sides of your feet and open your knees so that they fall to either side of your body. Slowly inhale and exhale. Then push your feet into your hands for resistance. This pose will also help you reduce stress and calm your brain.
- Supta Matsyendrasana. This is another reclining pose known as “Supine Spinal Twist.” The pose improves flexibility, relieves pain, and massages abdominal tissue. You can practice this pose by lying in bed on your back with your legs stretched down and your arms stretched out at your sides. Bring one knee toward your torso and drawing your knee to the opposite side of your body. Allow your spine to rotate and rest your knee on the ground and turn your head. Look in the opposite direction of your knees to deepen the stretch.
- Balasana. The best way to end your bedtime yoga is with the Balasana pose, also known as “Child’s Pose.” To execute this pose, kneel on your bed with your feet together and your big toes touching. Lower your torso down toward the bed. Rest your belly between your thighs and stretch your arms above your head, pressing your hands into the mattress. Rest your forehead on the mattress as well. It’s a calming pose that relieves stress and back pain.
Once you’re finished with your yoga, take a five-minute meditative break and climb into bed. Sweet dreams!Tags: dr. kathleen hall, insomnia, mindful living, stress tips, yoga