Restorative Yoga For Insomnia - Halfmoon USA

Free shipping on orders over $75 *some conditions apply

0

Your Cart is Empty

Restorative Yoga For Insomnia

September 03, 2013

Halfmoon - Restorative Yoga For Insomnia

Restorative Yoga Practice for Insomnia

We have all experienced times of restless, even sleepless nights. Whether momentary or chronic Insomnia – Restorative Yoga Postures can support you into deep sleep.

We live in an Elastic Band Culture. Most of are in full on action mode – until we reach complete exhaustion – at which point we swing directly into a crash mode. Sound familiar?

One of the many symptoms that can arise from this pace is disrupted sleep patterns naturally accompanied by an over active mind, tension in the body, or heightened emotional responses – all of which can interfere with our capacity to sleep with ease.

Setting aside time for REST (reduced external stimuli time) – often confused with sleep – is a highly effective remedy. Creating space to slow down, and calm our overloaded systems is essential for a regulated, healthy, balanced system.

Restorative Yoga is a space of REST. Simple, subtle, supported postures induce natural states of relaxation, while simultaneously restoring the systems of the body (nervous system, organ, endocrine, digestive and so on) preparing us to shift into sleep with more ease.

If your interest is peaked, we suggest checking out these postures. Like any therapeutic tool, it is ideal to be consistent with the exploration . Try one every evening for 10-20 minutes.

Waterfall – Legs Elevated Up the Wall

Gentle inversions initiate a state of relaxation by returning the fluid body, the breath, and awareness inward and toward the centre of body. With the legs and pelvis elevated, blood flow moves up to the brain, quieting the mind and giving the heart an opportunity rest. Alleviating the systemic effects of stress by slowing down as we shift from sympathetic (action) to parasympathetic (rest) – allows the body to settle and restore.

Props: Essential: 2 blankets (cotton or wool), an eye pillow, chip foam block

Optional: 10 pound sandbag, strap, bolster (prana or rectangle) **Always experience the height of all props, it is a very individual experience.



Also in The Balance Blog

paralyzed-yogi-ashtanga-vinyasa-yoga
What Can a Paralyzed Yogi Teach You About Your Yoga Practice?

October 27, 2021

Many people asked when I was lying in a hospital bed, ventilated with no movement below my neck, “What will you do now? How will you practice yoga?” Many of them, knew me as either their yoga teacher or a yoga pioneer and entrepreneur. I established one of the first Yoga Alliance 200hr teacher training programs in BC and the first yoga studio in my hometown Nelson, back in early 2000. 
Read More
Halfmoon - Balance Your Doshas With Ayurvedic Yoga
Balance Your Doshas With Ayurvedic Yoga

June 29, 2021

Learn how to ground and release stagnant energy with an Ayurvedic approach to yoga from instructor Kathryn Anne Flynn.
Read More
Meditation for Anxiety with Connor Burns
Meditation for Anxiety with Connor Burns

February 08, 2021

This meditation creates a peaceful body awareness grounded in a simple, soothing breathing technique that can be practiced at any time in your day. 
Read More