Eight Yoga Poses For Better Sleep

Submitted by JoyLife Therapeutics on May 25, 2012

If you have trouble sleeping at night and especially if your insomnia is stress related, yoga can help you achieve your goal in no time at all. There are specific bedtime yoga poses that can help you relax and release any pent up tension.


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Following are eight of the most relaxing yoga poses for better sleep. Hold each of them for a minute and you have a speedy eight-minute bedtime ritual that prepares your body and mind for a relaxing night ahead:

  1. Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana) - This pose is excellent for acidity or indigestion. If stomach problems are keeping you up at night, Vajrasana can help reduce the symptoms.

  2. Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) – This pose involves an inversion and it helps calm the body as well as stretch the muscles in the shoulders, calves, and hamstrings.
  3. Child’s Pose (Balasana)– The Child’s Pose is a classic yoga pose to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles. Any residual back pain or muscle fatigue felt at the end of the day also lessens with this pose.
  4. Goddess Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana) – This pose opens up the groin area and reduces stress stored in the leg muscles
  5. or Legs up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) - The benefits of this pose include improved blood circulation and reduced pain in the lower back and hamstrings.
  6. Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)– This relaxing asana calms the nerves and massages the heart. As your pulse rate slows down, sleep soon sets in.
  7. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) – Best for easing tension in the spine and hamstrings.
  8. Corpse Pose (Savasana) – Most yoga classes end with this pose. It’s the perfect way to relax every muscle in your body and become aware of the rhythms of your breath before you fall off to sleep. Deep breathing also prevents your mind from wandering and stops the unceasing chatter in your head.
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