What to Expect from Yoga for Sleep for a Beginner
Yoga can help the mind and body to relax is an established fact. But did you know bedtime yoga can promote better sleep? Yes, there are many yoga asanas before sleep that can reduce stress, improve breathing, and helps in getting better sleep. It is also known to fight insomnia and other sleep disorders too. Simple breathing exercises like Pranayama have a relaxing effect on the nervous system. This slow breathing exercise can also calm the body and prepare it for sleep physiologically. The best part is that it can be done anywhere and can be incorporated in your bedtime routine. Some of the asanas of yoga to do before sleep are, Supta Jaṭhara Parivartānāsana or the Supine Spinal Twist which releases stress and also stretches the spine and the back. Due to the release of stress, the mind becomes calm and stimulates the intestines and helps in curing digestive issues. The other exercises that can be done before bed are Viparita Karani, Supta Baddha Konasana, Balasana, Savasana to name a few.