Not able to sleep at night? Yoga can be a cure to your insomnia!

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Aug 25, 2017
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  • Prasarita padottan asana to sooths your mind and lift your spirits.
  • Adho mukha jathara parovritt asana relaxes your nervous system.
  • Savasana tends to induce sleepiness and combats restlessness.

Are you counting the number of sleepless nights you’ve spent peeking at the watch every other second? Or feel highly demotivated, lethargic, unfocused and try to be happy but to no avail? Looks like and endless ordeal doesn’t it? To bounce with a vault full of energy incorporate yoga in your lifestyle.

Bring your sleep cycle back to normalcy

Yogologist, Dr. Deepak Jha says “Essentially, when melatonin cycle is disturbed it can cause insomnia. Certain yoga asana can rectify any imbalance in secretion of melatonin by the pineal gland in the brain. Also they can relieve any tension in the spinal cord and allow the energy to flow in the body without any obstruction. Thereby, bringing our sleep cycle back to normalcy is a must.”

Yoga, meditation therapist, mudra specialist Ms. Vineeta Gogia adds, “In order to sleep well, relieve yourself from stress and fatigue and wake up with positive energy try the following asanas.”

  • Prasarita padottan asana: It tends to sooth your mind, lift your spirits and rinses off negative energy and drabbiness you complain of. It calms down the brain which is the sleep centre of our body. 
  • Supta baddha kona asana: It gives relief from any tension that hovers in one’s mind. You sure would want to try this asana to replace chaos with peace.
  • Adho mukha jathara parovritt asana: Like others relaxes your nervous system and vacates your mind of any thought that disturbs you.
  • Salamba bala asana: It helps you rid yourself of worries and pile of stress. Observe caution while doing this child pose. Avoid this asana, if you’re suffering from knee injury, diarrhea or if you’re pregnant. 
  • Chandra bedha pranayama: Being a pranayama it facilitates sleep by a quieting effect on our nervous system. 
  • Savasana: It tends to induce sleepiness and combats restlessness. “The best time to do savasana” says Gogia “like any other asana is morning but it can be done in the evenings too provided you’re doing it empty stomach. If you can’t take out time in the evening make sure you’ve had an early dinner (around seven) and then do savasana after a gap of 3 hours. Strictly advised that it must not be done after dinner.”

Dr. Jha says, “Yoga Nidra, if done for 40 minutes, under a yoga expert, helps remove repressed and disturbing thoughts from one’s subconscious mind. This eliminates and chaotic thought in the mind and allows you to resume a normal sleep cycle.

Ayurvedica remedies for insomniacs

In addition to this Ms. Gogia also offers some more useful tips to battle your ways with insomnia.

  • As a part of ayurvedic tradition you must wash your hands before going to bed because it helps remove the day’s residue and facilitate sleep.
  • Eat light and have an early dinner say around seven in the evening.
  • Wind down early; spend some time with your family.
  • Avoid heavy/trash music instead listen to some soft numbers

So when in bed behave like you’re in bed; don’t tie yourself to your thoughts. Let them float away in the ocean miles away from you. Wake up to a beautiful morning amidst your loved ones and to thank God for adding another day to your life.

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