The ancient practice of Yoga is one of the greatest exponents of the phenomenon called globalization. It is widely accepted across the globe as an overall wellness science and scores brownie points in being low-cost and super convenient. While we are well aware of the numerous health benefits of Yoga like improving flexibility, increasing strength, losing weight etc., today we shall discuss ‘asanas’ that will improve your sleep patterns.The lack of sleep owing to stress, anxiety, improper diet among others is a major health worry of the day.
The following series of ‘asanas’ performed before hitting the sack will help you get a better shut-eye:
1 . Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall)
Lie down close to a wall on any side with the legs bent. Slowly roll on your back and extend your legs up the wall, towards the ceiling till they are straight. Move your buttocks as close to the walls as your hamstrings allow. Breathe normally and hold the pose for 2-3 minutes. Bend your legs back, roll on a side and get up. This asana stretches the leg muscles and improves blood circulation.
2 . ‘Balasana’ (Child Pose)
Sit upright on your heels. Take a deep breath and bend in front while rolling the torso till your forehead touches the ground. Stretch your arms in front while they touch the ground, extend them as far as you comfortably can. Your chest should rest on your knees. Exhale and keep breathing into the belly for as long as you can hold the stance. Slowly release the pose and move back up. Hold this pose for 2-3 deep breaths and release, repeat twice. The Child pose relaxes the core muscles and stretches the hips, thighs and the length of your spine.
3 . Salbhasana (Locust Pose)
Lie down on your belly and place your hands parallel to the body on the sides with the palms facing up. Inhale and slowly lift the left leg up while keeping it straight. Exhale and return to the starting position. Repeat 5 times on each side. Slightly advanced practitioners can try to lift both legs at one while inhaling and returning to the starting position while exhaling. This pose stretches and strengthens the spine, hips and releases stress.
4 . Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Spinal Twist)
Lie down on your back with legs stretched in front and spine straight. Place your hands on your sides, palms up and slowly bring up the right knee on top of the stomach. Push the right knee towards the left palm, twisting the hips and turn your head towards the right side. Hold for 2-3 breaths and release. Perform three times on each side to stretch the core muscles of the body.
5 . Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Butterfly)
Lie down on your back with the legs stretched in front. Slowly bend both knees, place them on the respective sides and bring the feet together. If the knees leave ground while the feet touch, place a cushion underneath the knees to support them. Hold for 5 breaths and release. Repeat twice. This pose will help in increasing blood circulation while stretching the legs and the core.
6 . ‘Shavasana’ (Corpse Pose)
Lie on the ground/mat on your back. Spread your legs apart and hands on your sides with the palms facing up. Try to release all muscles and relax. Hold this pose for about 5 minutes. This asana relaxes the mind, releases tension from the muscles and helps the body assimilate the benefits of Yoga.
So, go ahead and give these effective yoga postures a try and see how they help you get a good night’s sleep. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy with 1mg, best online medical store in India!