by Kerry MacDonald, RYT-200
“Counting sheep to sleep?”
There are so many reasons for sleepless nights. Many of us are busy and stressed, unable to shut our brains off. Daily stresses build in our mind and cause anxiety. Others suffer from muscle aches and pains that wake them up and keep them up.
Yoga is similar to a meditation session in that it encourages you to bring focus back to your body and breathe, your mind is less distracted. You will find sleep comes easier when negative thoughts are diminished.
Langhana breathing practice is when your exhale is longer than your inhale, this technique relaxes your nervous system and can be calming to your mind.
Exploring different yoga postures to relax tense muscles can be extremely helpful to ease daily aches and pains. Various poses help to stimulate deeper breathing, which in turn relax your body & soothe your mind.
The more you practice the less you tend to think about your breathing techniques because it becomes more natural.
Everyone feels a little overwhelmed and stressed, it’s normal. We all find ourselves struggling to fall asleep at one time or another. Being able to calm your mind and get some extra zzzz’s would be a great gift to yourself.
Can you learn yoga techniques to sleep better at night?
You can join me on Sundays at 7 PM for Online Pajama Yoga: Yoga For Better Sleep & Tuesdays at 9 AM for Online Gentle Yoga For Beginners & Beyond These classes are intended for beginners and beyond! Everyone is welcome. Also, these classes will be recorded and are available for 5 days.
Kerry MacDonald RYT-200, has been a yoga practitioner for 5 years and was certified as a yoga teacher by River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School in 2020. Her yoga teaching is to help students to feel confident and knowledgeable about their practice while exploring all the benefits the practice has to offer and apply it to daily living.