Five Yoga Poses to Help With Sleep

Does the holiday season stress you out? You’re not alone. The pressures of hosting the perfect holiday party while surrounded by relatives and indulging in one too many holiday desserts contributes to many people feeling blue during this cheerful season.

Sleep is one of the most important parts of combating stress and the fatigue that comes with holiday event planning. If you’re suffering from insomnia or just can’t seem to find the time to relax this month (or any month, for that matter), try some of the yoga poses below to induce relaxation and clear your mind.

For best results, ease yourself into each position slowly, being careful not to strain yourself. If you find you are unable to do any of the poses, skip it until you develop the flexibility, or try a modified version.

 


 

Easy Bend Forward

This is a great, simple move for beginners and the advanced alike. Sitting cross legged, bend forward with arms outstretched in front of you until your forehead is resting on the floor. This is especially good for tight hips if you have a more sedentary lifestyle.


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Standing Bend Forward

Stand with your feet six inches apart and bend your torso forward until your hands touch the ground. You can also grab each opposite elbow with your hands in order to modify this pose.

 


 

Upside-Down Relaxation

Lie down on the floor close to a wall, then extend your legs up the wall. Have your arms at your sides, palms facing upward, and breathe slowly.


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Relaxed Down Dog

Once you are in the traditional Downward Facing Dog pose, bend your knees and lift your heels off the mat, and arch your spine. Breathe slowly and deeply as you relax.

 


 

Corpse Pose

As its name implies, this pose is peaceful and allows for that final moment of meditation before you descend into a restful sleep. Lie on your back with arms at your side, palms facing upward, and focus on your breath until you feel ready to get your zzz’s. 


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