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Yoga for the Best Sleep

Yoga for the Best Sleep

Anyone else have trouble falling asleep at night? You snuggle under the covers, lay your weary head on the pillow ready to drift off to dreamland and boom––your mind is racing. If you can relate, you’re not alone. Many of us are stuck in the “fight or flight” syndrome and our nervous systems have trouble switching into “rest and digest” mode.

Quality sleep is essential for us to rejuvenate and maintain our physical, emotional, and mental health. If you’re ready to have your best night of sleep tonight, read on for a few of the ways yoga and meditation can help.

1. Calm Your Nervous System: If your days are busy, you could be stuck in “doing” mode where your body is ready to go, go, go. If your adrenals and cortisol levels remain high, you’ll have a tough time sleeping. The evening is the perfect time for restorative practices to pacify feelings of anxiety and stress. Asanas like Balasana (Child’s Pose) and Vipariti Karani (Legs up the wall pose) can quickly activate your parasympathetic nervous system and relaxation response.

2. Release Repetitive Thoughts: If sometimes you feel like you’ve got a troop of monkeys bouncing around in your brain, yoga and meditation are the perfect tools to quiet your “monkey mind.” When we release the repetitive thoughts or at least slow them down, we are letting go of the endless loop of chatter that keeps us staring at the ceiling or tossing and turning.

3. Relax and Restore Your Body: Yoga has the power to relax tight muscles and connective tissue, which can calm your overall energy and prepare you for a restful night of sleep. Asanas like Suptha Baddha Konasana (Reclined Butterfly) open the hips and legs, where stiffness can accumulate throughout the day. It’s tough to sleep if you can’t get comfortable because your body feels hard and unyielding.

This week’s classes are specifically designed to help you relax and prepare to sleep. The rest is as important as the work, so join us and see just how well you can sleep tonight! 

Easy Evening Yoga 1 - Keith Allen

Yoga Nidra for Sleep - Erin Wimert

Sound Bowl Meditation for Sleep - Elizabeth Brumfield

Yoga for Better Sleep - Jackie Casal Mahrou

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