Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep

Ayda Ellis

There are many yoga positions you can do to help you get a better night's sleep. I recommend the following: 

  • Palm Tree Pose
  • Forward Fold Pose
  • Chair Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose
  • Cat and Cow Pose
  • Sphinx Pose
  • Child Pose
  • Seated Forward Bend
  • Legs-up-the-wall Pose
  • Happy Baby Pose
  • Bridge Pose
  • Supine Spinal Twist
  • Reclined Butterfly Pose
  • Wind Release Pose
  • Corpse Pose.

All of these postures can aid sleep by making your body feel relaxed, calm and secure, reducing any anxiety and depression as well as relaxing your nervous system.

Why are you still awake? Some factors that affect our sleep include insomnia (which occurs when you fall asleep but wake up without being able to nod off again) depression, anxiety, and stressful life events (such as divorce or a job loss) which can certainly kick your stress hormones into high gear and rob you of sleep. Hypnotic, sleep-inducing medications can be harmful and addictive, but yoga poses are safe enough for just about anyone to do.

Other top tips for a good night's sleep:

  • Pillow mist lavender from NEOM (buy the whole sleep package)
  • Bach flowers
  • Ask for help
  • Check your hormones 
  • Have a good cry once in a while
  • No red wine or meat 
  • Have an early dinner

This a guest blog article by Healing Expert Ayda Ellis a yoga teacher.

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