When you’re having trouble getting to sleep, especially on a regular basis, chances are you’re always on the lookout for a new way to get some quality shut-eye. Luckily, all you really need is a yoga mat when you’re feeling especially wired at night. Research has found that yoga can help to fight insomnia, stress, aches and pains and better sleep.
Taking this time to focus on your breath can help immensely, and according to Sara Ivanhoe, featured instructor on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, these long, slow breaths with your eyes closed can help to somewhat sedate the body. “I’ve had trouble sleeping since I was an infant,” she says. “One of the reasons I got into yoga is because I wanted to learn to relax on command.” Here are a few of her suggested poses that just might help you to get a better night of sleep. Just make sure to throw on your pajamas first so that you can head straight to bed.
1. Supported Standing Wide Leg Forward Bend:
- This pose is ideal to help fight insomnia. Place your hands on your hips and stand about four feet apart with your toes turned in slightly.
- Put a yoga block in front of you and breathe deeply as you start the movement with an exhale.
- Fold forward and put your hands on the floor with your fingers spread wide.
- Make sure your spine is lengthening as you place the top of your head gently on the block.
- Keep your shoulders away from your ears and hug your elbows in.
- Close your eyes and keep your focus on your breath.
- Hold the pose for any amount of time up to five minutes, and make sure to rise slowly out of the position when you’re ready.