Yoga Remedy for Insomnia – Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) – Part 3 of 8
Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) with feet hip-width apart. Bend forward, keeping your knees straight and legs strong. Place hands behind the ankles, calves, or knees, according to your level of comfort and flexibility. IF your hamstrings are tight, bend the knees slightly so as not to strain your back. Hold for 1-2 minutes and come back up.
Fewer than half of all Americans sleep long enough or well enough, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Many of us complain of fitful sleep, insomnia, and workday drowsiness. Sleep deprivation depresses the immune system, increases irritability and slows reaction time, increasing the likelihood of car crashes and other accidents. Even worse, a recent study confirmed that losing sleep actually accelerates the aging process!
While we often deprive ourselves of adequate sleep by simply trying to fit too much in a day, insomnia is another major contributor to the sleep crisis. If you find falling asleep a problem, then stress is the likely culprit and an active yoga routine during the day might be the answer.
When it’s time for bed, try winding down with calming poses such as forward bends, twists, simple inversions (such as lying with your feet up on the wall) and gentle breathing.
Remember, the more easygoing the attitude you take to bed, the more likely you are to sleep well.
OTHER RECOMMENDED POSES
Viparita Karana (Legs Up The Wall Pose)
Jathara Parivartanasana (Revolved Abdomen Pose)
Nadi Sodhana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)