Therapeutic Yoga for Insomnia

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Therapeutic Yoga for Insomnia

yoga certificationBy Bhavan Kumar

If you have recently graduated from Yoga teacher training, you might not have a handout for every ailment, but you can feel free to use the information below to craft a handout or flyer for your students.

Thousands of people have difficulty falling asleep or remaining in a restful state at night. Being unable to give your body proper rest can cause a number of serious issues. It can affect your health, your ability to perform to your maximum potential, and it can put a strain on relationships. If it goes untreated, it can reach the point of insomnia.

While there are many over the counter drugs, which promise restful sleep, it is often at the expense of being less than alert the following day. Responses are slow, and some people feel physically unwell. Thankfully, Yoga is a safe and effective remedy to sleeplessness.

It is important to establish an evening routine, in order to help your body fall into a pattern that relaxes the mind, body, and emotional state. Ideally, it will be a routine that works the body, while relaxing it at the same time. In this respect, Yogic methodology is one of the best practices in order to achieve this state. Yoga training is designed to physically work the body, but it also releases tension in the muscles and tissues. Facilitated by the breathing techniques, the practice of asana, meditation and pranayama can re-invigorate the body in a way that also relaxes it.

The meditative aspect of Yoga helps to relieve stress, center the soul, and calm the mind. Self-awareness is placed at the forefront, allowing emotions that may have been suppressed, to be let go. By dealing with these issues during your Yoga practice, you can more easily set them aside when it is time to quiet your mind for sleep.

Practicing a couple times a week, will cause you to sleep better on a daily basis, even on the days that you do not participate in a Yoga training session. However, some people choose to perform a few simple asanas, or breathing meditations, immediately before bed, to give them the boost they need to drift off easily.

Once you have been practicing Yoga for insomnia, you will learn which poses are the most relaxing for your unique body. Doing a little bit before bed, can ease your mind and relax your body. Others choose to simply lie on their bed and practice the breathing techniques. Since Yogic methodology places a great deal focus on self-awareness, you will learn to listen to your body and what it needs to become restful.

By practicing Yoga as a therapeutic technique to battle insomnia – your mind, body, and emotional state will reap the benefits.

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