Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to get good sleep with Savasanna Yoga Pose

Have you been finding yourself awake through the night? Or getting up too frequently in the night only to find that your mind is frequently racing  and thinking over long projects or irritating thoughts? Is your partner finding it difficult to sleep because of his or her concerns and thus making you feel restless?
Here are some yoga tips that you could try to help get good sleep and improve on energy levels.
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How does Yoga help to improve on sleep?

The basic purpose of Yoga is to bring your body first and then the mind at ease and relieve tensions through the body. Sounds ideal, right? Well, with a little bit of effort, this "ideal" can become your reality.

Following poses can be done for 3 to 5 minutes to bring the ease feeling and improve your sleep patterns.

Savasanna - Corpse pose

The Savasanna pose is most useful for calming down your body and bringing your mind at ease  and thus help relieve stress. Follow the bullets below to understand how to get into Savasanna pose.
  • Sit on your Yoga mat and then slowly lie down
  • As you lie down, spread your feet comfortably apart, could be to the ends of the mat. Allow your feet to destress and the toes to drop down
  • Arms could be on the sides and allow the palms to face up
  • Relax your hands and fingers could be facing upwards
  • Observe your neck which is straight and long with the chin tucked in slightly
Place a cushion underneath your knees or neck if you feel tension building up over these areas.
Now slowly bring your attention towards your inhalation and exhalation and focus on the tip of the nose. As you focus, feel your breath and be a bit more conscious if your are breathing more than is actually required. 
Slow down a bit, relax your forehead and eyebrows and let the feeling of relaxation flow through your body.

If you are practicing Savasanna in the afternoon, then allow yourself to relax with your eyes closed.
If you are practicing Savasanna at bed time, allow yourself to continue in the stance and you could gradually fall asleep.