5 Yoga Poses for Better Sleep
We’re big believers in the benefits of yoga; it helps to increase flexibility, improve muscle strength and it’s a great way to maintain circulatory health. While it can be quite intense, yoga is an extremely meditative activity. It’s a great way to get in touch with your body, rid yourself of stress and ultimately ~relax~?
A good night’s sleep is key to maintaining healthy skin. If you find you have trouble getting to sleep, or you’re not getting as good a rest as you should be, try incorporating yoga into your daily routine. We’ve rounded up 5 simple poses that help your body get ready for rest.
Give these a go:
1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Kneel on the floor or your bed and touch your toes together. Sit back on your heels and separate your knees as wide as your hips. Bend forward and lay your body between your thighs with your forehead gently on the ground. You can extend your arms forward with your palms down, or give your shoulders a break with your arms down alongside your body with your palms facing upwards. Breathe deeply, releasing any tension from your body.
2. Reclining Bound Angle Post (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Lie flat on your back and bring your legs into a diamond shape with the soles of your feet together. You can place a pillow under each thigh if this is too strenuous on the hips or groin. Place your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your stomach. Close your eyes and relax your job. Breathe deeply, feeling the rise and fall of your chest with your hands.
3. Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)
Lie flat on your back. Extend one leg long and bend the other. Interlace your fingers and gently hug your knee in towards your side body. Close your eyes and relax your jaw. Breathe deeply and switch sides when you’re ready.
4. Supine Spinal Twist (Supta Jathara Parivartanasana)
Lying flat on your back, bring your arms into a ‘T’ shape with your hands in line with your shoulders. Bend your knees so your shins are parallel with the ground and let them fall to one side. Turn your head to face the opposite way of your legs. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and switch sides when you’re ready.
5. Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Lie flat on your back with your legs spread to a comfortable resting position. Let your arms rest alongside your body with your palms facing up. Allow a slight tuck to your chin. While this may seem simple, it’s said to be the most challenging pose as it’s extremely difficult to calm the mind. Breathe deeply as you lie here, trying your best to focus on your inhales and exhales instead of what you did that day or what you need to do in the morning.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, this sequence of poses will help to relieve tension from the body and still the mind. Treat yourself to a better sleep and try it the next time you’re feeling restless before bed. Better sleep = More recovery. More recovery = Healthier skin. Happy International Yoga Day!!