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Practice Yoga. Get Some Sleep.

by Megan M |

Every person gets a random night where they can't get to sleep. It doesn't matter how many times you roll over, toss and turn and count those infernal sheep sometimes, sleep just doesn't want to make an appearance. Luckily, there are ways you can coax your body into a deep, restful sleep using some low impact yoga.

Balasana (Child's pose) - Rest your head and stomach on one or two pillows, whichever is more comfortable for you, with your knees spread apart and big toes touching. Rest your ear on the pillow with your eyes closed and have your jaw and stomach relaxed. You can rest your arms on either side of the pillows or underneath them. Focus all of your attention on your breathing and enjoy the sensation of your breath flowing in and out of your body.

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose) - Lie on your back and bring the soles of your feet together with your knees bent. Place a pillow under both of your thighs and another optional one behind your head if you need more support. Place your hands on your stomach, with your eyes closed and your jaw relaxed, focus on your hands rising and falling with each of your deep slow breaths.

Supported Reclining Twist - Lie flat on your back and bend both of your legs 90-degrees  and let them fall to the right. With your knees stacked and your hips level, slide one or two pillows between your thighs. Extend both of your arms straight out at shoulder level and turn your head to the left, with your eyes closed and your stomach and jaw relaxed, focus on each breath coming all the way up to your collarbones. Stay in this position as long as you'd like and then switch sides, twisting to the left and turn your head to the right.

Not being able to sleep is absolutely the worst, the next day feels like it is the longest 24 hours of your life and you are constantly yawning and irritable which makes for an awful day. Having time to quietly reflect on deep breathing and being able to quiet your body down might be just what you need to get yourself to sleep at night.