8-Minute Yoga Cure for Insomnia

8-Minute Yoga Cure for Insomnia

Every once in a while I have one of these nights where my brain is just flooded with thoughts and ideas and to-dos for the next day, and no matter how hard I try, I just can’t shake that hyper-activity. I try to jot down ideas or just relax in stillness to try to sleep, and when that doesn’t work, I know the only thing that WILL work is actually doing some form of physical activity without being too intense. Here’s my go-to sequence that puts me to sleep when I can’t quiet my mind on my own. 1.) 2-Minutes (minimum) with Legs Up the Wall. I thought this would feel like an exceptional amount of time, but it flew by. This pose will temporarily slow the blood pressure down which takes the edge out of any anxiety or jitters you might be feeling while trying to drift off to dream land. It’s highly restorative and very grounding, so you’re more than welcome to stay here even longer if you like. 2.)  2-Minute Reclined Bound Angle. For some people this feels glorious, and for others they’re counting every second praying for the end. If you’re the latter type, feel free to take Happy Baby instead! Otherwise, bring the soles of the feet together and draw the heels in close to the groin. Let the knees get heavy as the lower back releases. Continue breathing evenly and let the eyes stay closed. 3) 1-minute headstand (OR downdog if you prefer) + minimum of 1-minute child’s pose following. Repeat this three times alternating between the two. Whether you’re in a downdog or...