A Yogi’s Guide to Sleep

One of my favourite things about being a yogi is how I have learned how to relax and destress. Life can get pretty crazy at times, and these few tips will help you learn to let go and enjoy a beautiful sleep.

Essential Oils: 

Using essential oils in your bath, defuser, on your pillow (or your eye pillow) are a perfect way to settle in with aromatherapy after a long day- try lavender,

Drink a sleepy time formulated tea:

Some of my favorite blends include herbs such as oatstraw, lemon balm, and valerian.

Take a hot bath:

I like to add epson salts so help relax my muscles and decrease any tension in my body.

Stay away from electronics such as the T.V., your phone, computer for at least an hour before bed:

I know this is a tough one to follow but once you get into this habit, you’ll never go back! The blue light that is emitted from these devices inhibits melatonin production, leaving you tossing and turning for a bit until you fall asleep. I find this tip can help the most, I fall sleep almost instantly.

And try these 5 poses for sleep and rest:

-Child’s pose

-Wide-angeled seated forward bend

-Janu sirsasana (head to knee pose)

-Legs up the wall

-Savasana

*Hold each for 2-3 minutes, or 10 full long breaths depending on how much time you have before bed, and set a time for savasana for 7-10 minutes.

Sleep is so important, we can push our bodies so hard. Do yourself a favour and make time for yourself after a long hard day. I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me.