Yoga Meditation Techniques For Insomnia

Nothing is worse than laying awake all night, but there are yoga meditation techniques for insomnia that can help to alleviate it if it happens. A series of 8 poses is said to help alleviate the sleeplessness that we can all occasionally suffer from. In this short but very concise piece, Colleen Gore writes for One Green Planet and describes the sequence of poses that can help get you back to sleep.

Yoga Meditation Techniques For Insomnia

You’re tossing and turning, staring at the clock as time slowly ticks by. Insomnia plagues most of us at some point in our lives. The

yoga meditation techniques for insomnia

Yoga meditation techniques for insomnia include a sequence of eight poses that can help get you back to sleep. Photo by Konstantin Yuganov c/o Photos.Com.

more we think about not sleeping the more our anxiety grows, further interrupting the effort to catch z’s. Sleep deprivation impairs concentration, memory, motor skills, decision making, mood, and much more. It can also lead to weight gain. Additional waking hours typically involve a greater intake of food and when an individual is tired they are more likely to make poor diet choices. The metabolism slows due to an interruption in nightly hormones. This eventually leads to weight gain.

Don’t sit by idly on nights you can’t seem to fall asleep. Experts suggest getting out of bed and engaging in a relaxing activity. A short, restorative yoga practice can work wonders. The deep, rhythmic breathing and the right poses slow the nervous system, relax the body and mind, and ease anxiety, allowing you to sink into a good night’s sleep. Try this short sequence for peaceful slumber:

  1. Centering: Lie on your back with your feet apart and your ankles splayed out. Take your arms about six inches away from the body with the palms facing up for corpse pose. Shut your eyes and start to let go of your thoughts and feel your body connect with the ground. Inhale deeply through the nose, expanding the stomach. Exhale deeply through the nose, contracting the stomach. Take a few deep breaths this way. Then, inhale through the nose to a count of four, hold the breath for a count of four, and then exhale to a count of eight. Focusing on counting will still your thoughts. Center yourself for about 2 minutes and then return to your regular deep breathing in and out through the nose.

You can read about the entire sequence of 8 postures here at onegreenplanet.org:

Yoga meditation techniques for insomnia have several benefits. There aren’t any medications to buy and therefore nothing to potentially get dependent upon. Practicing yoga techniques also retrains your mind and body to sleep more normally. You also won’t get all worked up if it happens every now and again because if it’s worked for you once, you know it will work again.

If you have been affected by some sleeplessness, why not give this a try and let us know how it worked for you? Leave a comment below and share your own experiences here. Please click the like button and share these techniques with others.

If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.  —  T. Guillemets

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