To rest properly, you need to unwind, and yoga can be your ticket to a restful sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, perform these yoga poses recommended by yoga expert Sunaina Rekhi before you hit the sack. They will calm your mind, lower your stress levels and release tension from your body so that you can wake up fresh the next morning.
Uttanasana or the intense standing forward bend is a great pose to lower stress levels. Plus, the bending action in this pose will help relieve headache and insomnia. When you are in the pose, sway a little side to side and take a few deep, consecutive breaths.
Balasana or the child’s pose is a great pose to try before bed. It opens up your hips and eases tension from the body. You can sit on top of a pillow to make the pose a bit more relaxing.
If you can’t sleep, performing the nadi shodhan pranayama or alternate nostril breathing can be effective. It cleanses your respiratory system and releases stress and tension, and calms your mind, helping you to sleep well.
Supta baddha konasana or reclining butterfly pose can immediately set your body in rest mode and help you relax. Observe your breath while you perform the pose. Putting a folded blanket under each knee can help you relax well.
Supta matsyendrasana or the lying down body twisting asana can easily be performed in bed before you go off to sleep. The gentle twist will release tension from your spine and also aid in digestion and help you sleep well.
Shavasana or the corpse pose is the quintessential resting pose. When you are in the pose, take your attention to your body and focus on your breath. Focussing on your breath will take your mind off from what is causing restlessness and stress.