Having Trouble Sleeping? Do These 5 Yoga Poses First Before Trying Again!

September 11, 2015

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Usually a comfy foam and bed mattress is enough to give you a great slumber at night. But did you know that yoga can also help you sleep better? Yes, indeed! Establishing a relaxing routine before hitting the sack will help you doze off better at night, and yoga provides just that and more!

Researchers have also pointed out the many health benefits yoga can do to a person. Imagine enjoying all that, too! You do have to remember, though, to take it easy; too much can produce the opposite effect on your body, making it harder to for you to get some Zzz’s. So you’d better stick with those simpler yoga poses, like the ones listed below.


Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

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Inhale before lying on your belly and assuming the Plank Pose. Clasp your hands behind your back, exhale, and touch the floor with the tips of your feet. Then lift your chest and arms while inhaling and gazing forward. Release your hands, exhale, and push back to Downward-facing Dog stance to come out of the pose. Salabhasana can be done within one minute and requires only 10 to 15 breaths.


Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose)

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This is another yoga trick that can be done in a jiffy (1 minute, 10 to 15 breaths). Stand with your feet hip-width apart, exhale, and slowly bend forward through your hip-joint (not your waist) until your hands or fingertips are touching the floor. Keep your knees straight as much as possible. Then to return to your previous pose, place your hands on your hips, press your tailbone down and into your pelvis, inhale, and slowly come up.


Upavistha Konasana (Wide-Angled Seated Forward Bend Pose)

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Sit with your legs spread wide apart and place a pillow horizontally in front of your torso. While you inhale, sit up as straight as possible, lean forward from the hips, and stretch your hands out in front of you until your upper body comes to rest on the pillow as you exhale. Breathe deeply on the pillow for 10 breaths to rise back up to a seating position.


Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)

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Place a folded blanket on the floor, perpendicular to the wall. Then lie back on the folded blanket, scoot your buttocks to the wall as close as you can, and slowly raise your legs up to rest parallel to the wall. Maintain this position with your arms to your sides.


Savasana (Corpse Pose)

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Place a pillow on the floor. Then lay down on your back, with your spine resting on the pillow. Extending your legs out in front of you, take your left hand to your heart and the right to your belly then simply inhale and exhale, breathe slowly and leisurely. Repeat this for around 10 minutes.


These five poses are guaranteed to help you on your way to Dreamland, that’s a promise. So in case you’re having trouble spending time with your favourite bed mattress, then you might as well try out any or all these yoga poses. If you have any questions or comments, type them down on the box below.