Yoga Poses for Insomnia

Yoga Poses for Insomnia

yoga instructor courseBy Faye Martins

Both intermittent and chronic insomnia can have a profoundly negative impact on your quality of life. If you struggle with insomnia, you are aware of how difficult it is to focus on your daily activities when you have not slept well. You may even have a flu-like feeling for most of the day, accompanied by a pervasive headache. You mood may also suffer, and you may find it more difficult to look on the bright side of life. Chronic insomnia also lowers your body’s ability to fight off colds and flus as well as more serious health conditions.

An overly anxious mind or physical health issues, such as restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea, may fuel insomnia. If you have difficulty sleeping or staying asleep through the night, it is important to see your doctor to rule out any serious underlying health issues. If you do suffer with insomnia due to physical or mental health issues, your doctor will be able to offer you a variety of treatment options. In addition, practicing relaxing and restorative Yoga postures before bed will help your mind and body to wind down and prepare for a refreshing night’s sleep.

Supta Baddha Konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound Angle Pose is a very gentle Yoga pose that opens up the energy in your pelvic area and stretches out your inner thigh and groin muscles. If Supta Baddha Konasana is practiced restoratively with supportive bolsters, blankets and eyes pillows, the relaxing benefits of this posture are enhanced. This postures also improves digestion as it relaxes your mind and your sympathetic nervous system.

To practice Supported Supta Baddha Konasana, you will need two blankets or bolsters and an eye pillow. If you have access to an aromatherapy eye pillow that is filled with a relaxing herb such as lavender, the therapeutic benefit of this posture will be enhanced. You may also practice this pose without any Yoga props.

When you are ready, sit down on your Yoga mat with your legs forming a triangle as the soles of your feet touch each other. Place a bolster or rolled blanket under each knee. Now, lie back on your Yoga mat and place your eye pillow on your eyes. If needed, adjust your bolsters or blankets for optimal support and comfort. Stay in this pose for five to ten minutes. When you are ready to come out of the pose, remove the eye pillow and roll to your right side. Pause for a breath or two and then slowly push yourself up to a sitting position.

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