Do you sometimes struggle to get a good night’s sleep? Insomnia is a condition many of us suffer from in our overly-stimulated, stressful society. In my ‘Yoga Chill’ Live+Virtual course, I share Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin sequences for Insomnia with students, full of postures to help them relax, release tension and restlessness in their bodies, and ‘digest’ the experiences of their day. Below are 5 of the many postures I include in those sequences. Try them out before bed or in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep. And if you’re currently a registered student with access to my On-Demand Video Library, you can enjoy a Vinyasa yoga video for Insomnia there!
Supported Reclined Butterfly
Anytime we can support our body with props like blocks, it helps us be able to relax more.
Downward Dog with Block
Supporting our head with blocks in postures like this is very calming for our mind and body. Of course, you need to find the right place for the block to make sure it feels comfortable and relaxing on your head and neck.
Standing Wide-Angle Forward Bend with Block
Forward bends are very calming and soothing on our nervous system. This is another good example of how you can use a block to make them even more relaxing.
Supine Leg Stretches
I usually combine this supine twist variation with supine hamstring and adductor stretches. They’re a great way to ease any restlessness in your legs before bed, as well as help you ‘digest’ the events of your day.
Legs Up the Wall
And finally everyone’s favorite. The wall supports your legs in this gentle inversion, helping you go deep into rest and relaxation.
For even more helpful sleep tips, check out this blog post.