Sleep Tight

One of our Yoga Bliss community members asked me to come up with a practice to help us ease into slumber. I love hearing how I can support you, so thank you for that request.

As we already know, every body is different, and everyone’s day to day experiences are different as well. If you’ve been sitting all day then you might want and need to move your body gently to help it unwind. And if you’ve been moving around a lot, maybe the best choice is to pop your legs up on a chair or against the wall and just rest.

Given all of that, I’ve created a brief and gentle movement practice that you can explore in its entirety, or pick pieces to practice, as part of your bedtime wind-down routine.

You can enjoy the practice by clicking here!

The few times that I’ve woken up in the middle of the night and not been able to fall back to sleep, I’ve used restorative yoga poses to help me rest and de-stress about being awake. I’ve actually fallen to sleep in the poses and was able to get back into bed and sleep the rest of the night. However, just resting in the poses has helped me to make it through the day.

A few other things to consider:

  • If you like music, feel free to play soft, gentle, relaxing music.
  • Dim the lights or use an eye pillow to help your nervous system wind down.
  • Try to minimize your screen time before bed…try to turn off your phone at least 30 mins before bed.
  • Try taking a warm shower before bed/the practice.
  • Move slowly and mindfully – the movements here are meant to relieve tension and soothe you, not to rev you up.
  • Breathe gently.
  • Make sure you feel warm temperature-wise.
  • Make sure you feel completely supported in the restorative poses so your muscles can relax fully.

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