Living in such a fast-paced culture can cause many of us to suffer from sleep issues, whether this is struggling to fall asleep at night, waking up numerous times during the night or not being able to go into a deep sleep, leaving us feeling tired at the start of the day. Although there are many reasons for sleep issues, the root cause is often an over-active mind and physical tension. Instead of suffering through this and/or reaching for those sleeping pills, try these 5 restorative yoga poses every night to help calm the mind and release the physical tension. We often don't realise how stressed we are until we stop and take a few moments to really calm ourselves.
Count as you inhale and exhale to make your breathing even, i.e. count to 4 as you inhale, and count to 4 as you exhale. Breathe only through your nose, and ensure you breathe down to your abdomen (you'll know you're doing this right by seeing your belly rise and fall with each breath) so that the oxygen is reaching your whole body and not just your lungs. Try to clear your mind and think of nothing else but your breathing during these sequence. If your mind starts to wander, catch yourself and bring your focus back to your breath. This will help to calm and focus the mind.
Written by Carina Pullen - a mother, triathlete, beach loving yogi. Her love and passion for teaching & practicing yoga is contagious and I'm so excited that she is going to share a 12 week yoga series with you!
This HEALTHY YOU yoga series will target not only the whole body, but will take you through poses that boost your health and wellbeing in ALL areas - physical, mental and emotional.