Sleep is crucial not only because it allows our body to rest and to recharge, it also helps our body to heal, promotes a happier heart, stabilizes blood sugar and aids with weight management. Whether your insomnia is caused by anxiety, stress, or any emotional or hormonal issues, below is a couple of fairly simple yoga poses that I hope could bring serenity to your mind and help calm your body mechanisms.
Try these poses before bed, and with the right breathing, they could help prepare you for a restful sleep.
If you are on any medications or have low or high blood pressure, you may want to consult a doctor or an experienced yoga teacher before these poses.
Standing Forward Bend
Adjusted forward bend
Benefits: As you fold forward, it relaxes the upper body, gently tones your abdominal muscles and enhances digestion. This pose also strengthens the liver and kidneys and their detox functions; stimulates the parasympathetic system to calm the nervous system.
Legs Up the Wall –my personal favourite because it’s so easy to do and loaded with benefits!
Benefits: Lifting your legs slows down your heart rate and stimulates your relaxation response. It improves your lower limbs’ circulation if you’ve been sitting/standing for a long time during the day. It reduces lower back tension; your lower back should feel nice and flat as your legs raised and supported.