Are you tired of counting sheep? Are you tired of just being tired? I have been there, but let me tell you about these three things that help me get a good nights rest. Here are my 3 favorite yoga poses to do when i cannot sleep!
Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
My favorite! Sit down sideways against the wall, lay down as you swing your legs up slowly, lowering your back, shoulders and head to the floor. Keep the legs straight and let the palms rest facing up. Close your eyes and breathe for 3-8 minutes.
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
From legs up the wall, roll over to your side for 10-15 breaths and feel the blood rush back to the lower body. Come up to a seated position, extend both feet out in front of you. Keeping a straight spine, fold forward over the legs, let the arms and head relax. I like to rest my forehead on a block if my neck is tight. Breathe here and relax for 1-3 min.
Supported Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
From seated forward fold, slowly lie down and take a few moments to release any tension. Bend the knees, bring both feet toward the sit bones, knees in line with hips, lift the hips and place the block under the sacrum. Relax your hands wherever it feels best. Close your eyes, and breathe here for 2 minutes.
Now you are all set for a super duper long savasana, final resting pose. Do this in bed, focus on deep breaths. Allow your mind to slow down, allow your body to be still, with each breath you become more and more relaxed.
Namaste my friends, and sweet dreams!
The Wanderlusting Yogi