Get a Better Night’s Sleep with This Yoga Pose

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When the day’s activities and problems leave you exhausted, you may find falling asleep almost impossible. Instead of tossing and turning, use one of these yoga exercises to relax, fall asleep faster and get a better night’s sleep. I use this pose upon retiring because I usually fall into a deep sleep within a few minutes. However, you can take the position on any flat surface and perform for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Lie on your back.

Separate your legs into a V position.

Rest your arms along your sides but slightly separated from your torso. Turn your palms so that they are facing upwards. If your fingers want to curl naturally, allow it.

Tuck your shoulder blades back, but not to the point of being uncomfortable.

Allow your entire body to relax and feel heavy. Start with your toes and move upward, taking inventory of every part of your body I find that my neck and face are the last the let go. Make sure that all of the energy has been released from your muscles.

Focus on your breathing. It should be coming naturally. If your mind begins to wander, bring it back to feel your breath flowing in and out.

Think about absolutely nothing for at least 5 minutes. 10 minutes is better. If you find yourself thinking about the time, set an alarm clock. Your mind needs to be free from any type of distraction.

If you reach the 10 minute limit, slowly awaken your body by taking deep breaths. Next wiggle your toes and then your fingers. Stretch your arms above your head and stretch your entire body.

Bring your knees to your chest and roll to one side in a fetal position. Lay still for a few minutes and enjoy the relaxed state.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton
Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent. Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time. I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible. After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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