Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping during some phase in life due to stress or other factors. But, if these sleep problems are a regular occurrence and frequently affect your sleep cycle, then you may be suffering from sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can cause more than fatigue or sleeplessness. It can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance and health. However, yoga can help you with your sleep problems. Image Courtesy: Getty
What do you prefer to do after your yoga routine? Do you begin planning the next stops in your day or drink some juice or begin to do your daily chores? Most people consider yoga as a body workout; however a yoga routine not only provides deep restoration to your body but also to the mind. For more effective results, it is best to end your yoga sequence with a yoga nidra. Image Courtesy: yogasurfingretreats.com
Just as a car engine needs to be turned off and allowed to cool down after a long drive, after doing yoga postures, your body needs to cool down too. This can be done with the help of yoga nidra as it helps conserve and consolidate the energy gained from the yoga session. Yoga nidra relaxes the entire system and prepares it for pranayama and meditation. Therefore, it is important to keep some time for yoga nidra. Image Courtesy: www.theboldmethod.com
It cools down your body, restoring normal temperature. It helps activate the nervous system by enabling your body to absorb the effect of the yoga poses. Another benefit of yoga nidra is that it flushes out toxins. When you perform yoga nidra, you consciously take your attention to different parts of the body, which activates the nerves in those areas and helps to integrate the impact of the yoga postures into our system. Image Courtesy: yoganewsletters.wordpress.com
You should cover yourself with a blanket to keep yourself warm while doing the yoga as the body becomes warm and a sudden drop in temperature is not considered ideal. Lie down straight on your back in the corpse pose and close your eyes and relax. Now take a few deep but slow breaths. If you feel any discomfort or pain in your lower back, you can adjust your posture or use a pillow to elevate the legs a little. Image Courtesy: www.diva-yoga.com
Gently take your attention to your right foot and keep it there for a few seconds, while relaxing your foot. Then gently move your attention up to the right knee, right thigh and hip for a couple of seconds. When you become aware of your whole right leg, repeat this process for the left leg. Image Courtesy: intheloop.com.
Now it's time to take your attention to all the parts of your body such as the genital area, stomach, navel region, chest, right shoulder and right arm, followed by the left shoulder and left arm, throat, face and the top of the head. Take a deep breath in and observe the sensations in your body. You need to relax in this state for a few minutes. Image Courtesy: kripalu.org
Now, as you are more aware of your body and surroundings, turn to your right side and keep lying down for a few more minutes. Take your time and slowly sit up till you are in a comfortable position. You can now open your eyes slowly. Image Courtesy: pilotingpaperairplanes.com