Struggling to Sleep? Follow this 5 Minute Calming Yoga Routine

It’s been an unusual year so far for everyone. We’ve never lived through a pandemic and it’s undoubtedly affecting many of our lives. As we start to edge back towards the office and our everyday routines, life may seem a little stressful. 

Whilst things aren’t back to normal as we knew them, this new normal is certainly taking a bit of getting used to causing some people sleepless nights. If you’re struggling to get some much needed shut eye, have you considered yoga? 

Many people swear by an evening yoga/meditation routine that switches off the mind and eases the body into a state of relaxation. To get you started, we’ve included below 5 poses for a 5 minute calming yoga routine that should help you to switch off and get the sleep you need. 

Before you get started, remember that this is just a guide and it’s always important to listen to your body, making sure you don’t overstretch. If you suffer from existing medical conditions, it’s always important to consult your doctor first. 

1. Cat-cow pose 

This pose is ideal for massaging and stimulating the organs in the stomach area, like the kidneys and adrenal glands. It also creates emotional balance, reduces stress and calms the mind. 

Directions: Cat-cow pose (Chakravakasana)

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2. Hero pose (Virasana)

The seated Hero pose or Virasana, is an excellent pose for helping to improve posture and increase circulation through the legs.

Directions: Hero pose (Virasana)

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3. Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)

Happy Baby pose or Ananda Balasana opens the hips and releases the spine, decompressing the SI (sacroiliac) joint. This helps to loosen up the back after a long day seated at a desk. 

Directions: Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)

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4. Reclining Goddess Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Reclining Goddess is a gentle, relaxing pose that helps to gently stretch the inner hips. As a restorative pose, it can also help to aid symptoms of insomnia and stress. 

Directions: Reclining Goddess Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

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5. Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

This is a restorative posture, relieving any tension and stress. It requires minimal strength or flexibility as your legs are simply placed on a wall. Even though it’s passive, the benefits in terms of circulation and relaxation are impressive. 

Directions: Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

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To sum up 

By dedicating just a few minutes each night to practice these relaxing poses, you should notice an increased sense of calm and mindfulness. The Yoga Journal is a great resource if you would like to branch out and try some more asanas.

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