A daily mindful yoga practice has many benefits. Some of these include improved flexibility, stress levels, strength, weight loss, and boost your immune system. One of the benefits I have already noticed in just 12 days of my daily yoga practice is better sleep.
I am sleeping harder,
I am falling asleep quicker,
and staying in Deep REM (at least according to my Fitbit).
I know I shouldn’t brag because I live with an insomniac, (here is a link for 10 more habits that can help with your insomnia) and when I talk about my sleep quality he just gets angry. I don’t blame him because sleep is crucial, and it can, seriously, make or break your world.
Side Note: Deep REM (also known as NREM) heals wounds, aids in the creation of white blood cells, restores muscles, and releases growth hormones. Most importantly, it reduces your blood pressure, decreases stress levels, helps maintain good weight and helps with your immune system. Needless to say, sleeping, falling asleep and quality sleep is vital for a quality life.
If you are someone who struggles with winding down or distressing after a difficult day… Yoga is the answer. Not any kind of yoga, Mindful yoga that focuses on the breath with long holds in each pose- Yin Yoga, Restorative and Nidra Yoga (more of a meditative practice) is best for sleep. Here are 7 Bedtime Yoga Routines to view if you are interested in more verbal ques.
Before I go to bed, I roll out my mat, light up my incense, lower the lights and turn on soft music or my aaptive app. Each pose is held about 20 seconds or 3 breaths (inhale to the count of six, exhale to the count of six) focusing on my stomach lifting and lowering. The practice is relies on the mindfulness of the breath and being in the moment.
Complete the Sun Salutation Flow from last weeks post
After a warm cup of herbal tea, I have no problems falling asleep.
I hope that this is helping you on your journey of a more quality life- #intentions. If you are on Instgram, post your yoga pose or practice with the #intentions and @omnivore2herbivore. I would love to see you.