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Yoga Cure for Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders

Updated on June 20, 2016
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia

Proper rest and relaxation is important for the proper functioning of the body. If you are suffering from conditions like Insomnia where a person suffers from lack of sleep or sleeplessness it needs to be treated immediately. Insomnia normally occurs in two patterns: trouble in falling asleep or trouble staying asleep. However, the good news is that this condition is curable with proper diet and exercises. There is no harm in checking if your Bedroom is in accordance with Feng Shui. There are also several natural home remedies for insomnia one can try for treating this condition.

Yoga for Insomnia
Yoga for Insomnia

Curing Insomnia witn Yoga Therapy

Yoga is one of the most effective ways for treating Insomnia. How can Yoga help cure insomnia? Yoga exercises can help to beat stress which is the common cause sleep disorders and help to relax thereby inducing sleep. Doing Yoga also helps to stay fit and healthy. Yoga can help cure many diseases and also are ideal in treating addictions by helping in the elimination of harmful toxins from the body. Given below are some of the yoga postures a person suffering from insomnia should practice.

  • Supported Forward Bend
  • Shoulder Stand
  • Plow Pose
  • Reclining Side Twist
  • Double Wind Releasing Pose
  • Seated Forward Bend
  • Downward-Facing Dog Pose
  • Whole body stretch
  • Standing stretches
  • Corpse Pose

These postures can be practiced early morning or before going to bed. Apart from these postures also practice regulated breathing (Pranayama) and Alternate Nostril Breathing (Anulom Vilom). Practicing the above postures and breathing techniques not only makes one active and flexible but also can promote physical and mental relaxation which is an essential element for sleep. Yoga can also improve the quality of sleep. However, Take the help of an expert to learn these postures. Also if you are suffering from any major health conditions take the advice of your Doctor as well.

A person suffering from Insomnia is advised not to consume alcohol or take stimulating drinks containing caffeine. One should not have heavy meals at night or go to bed before 3 hours of eating.

Yoga Poses for Insomnia

Practice Yoga Nidra for good Sleep

‘Nidra’ is the Sanskrit word for sleep. Though I do not suffer from Insomnia, I also have had trouble sleeping sometimes. During such times I find it very useful to practice ‘yoga nidra’ for inducing sleep and relaxation. This is a very powerful ancient meditation technique originated from the Tantras. Rather than me describing it, watch the video below for instructions by a Yoga Expert on how to do Yoga Nidra.

How to do Yoga Nidra


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