Power Boost your sleep with bedtime Yoga

What is bedtime yoga?

Bedtime yoga is a relaxing series of stretches and calming poses that you can do in the evening to help you unwind and fall asleep faster. Gentle stretches, deep breathing, meditation, and guided relaxation are all part of a focused and slow-paced night time practice that helps you wind down, relax, and sleep better. It’s also a terrific way to slow down your heart rate and prepare for sleep. Bedtime yoga is a basic exercise that anyone may do, even if they have no prior yoga experience.

Benefits of this Yoga practice

Relaxing bedtime yoga helps you fall asleep and can relieve worry and stress in the evenings. The yoga poses and motions are also beneficial if you suffer from sleeplessness. Using a yoga block in your practice can really help but if you don’t have one, use a bolster or a folded firm cushion that provides some height and pressure.

Sleep is essential for your health, productivity, and overall well-being. Did you know that doing bedtime yoga might help you sleep better and improve your overall health? Yes, it is correct! It’s also a good way to let go of stress and concern following a long, hectic day before bed, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated when you wake up. Continue reading to see how beginners can combine two methods at bedtime to relax, decompress, and prepare the mind and body for sleep at the end of the day.

Does Yoga really help you sleep?

A recent study found that over 55% of yoga practitioners reported improved sleep and over 85% reported reduced stress. The sleep foundation has an interesting article on this topic head on over there when you’re done here.

6 types of yoga pose for better sleep

  • Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
  • Restorative Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
  • Wide-Knee Child’s Pose (Balasana)
  • Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)
  • Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana)

Adding in the effects of breathing technique

The breath is a crucial component of our health and well-being since it is one of the most basic ways, we manage our bodies and emotions. Our bodies have a self-regulating mechanism for it: the respiratory system regulates the pace and depth of our respiration in response to environmental stimuli including tiredness, tension, exercise, and even a person’s mental health state.

A good breathing technique to help you sleep

Andrew Weil created the 4-7-8 breathing practice, which combines diaphragmatic breathing and breath retention with a counting ratio. Many people feel that this 4-7-8 breathing practice is a natural tranquilizer and the most effective approach to relax and fall asleep quickly. To practice, inhale for four counts, keep the breath in for seven counts, then exhale for eight counts using the belly breath or three-part breathing technique. Rep for four cycles, then gradually increase the length of your practice.

There are many other techniques that you could explore to find the right one for you.

Breathing and Yoga – A powerful combo at bedtime

In essence, combining these two titans of self-care practice could really boost you and your energy levels. Check in with your Yoga Instructor and ask them about it the next time you hit your Yoga class. It’s a style of Yoga that with practice can lead to a powerful boost for your mood and mental strength leaving you ready and prepared for what the next day may throw at you. Now, who can say no to that?

Love and light x

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