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Yoga Poses to Help You Fall Asleep

Sleep swiftly with Salamba Sarvangasana

Say you almost always fall asleep easily at night ... it somehow makes the nights you can't fall asleep that much more difficult! If you're agitated, anxious, or just wired, try a few bedtime yoga poses to Om you right into Dreamland. Leslie Peters at Yoga Journal has made a list of some of the best sleep-inducing yoga poses.

Inversions

Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) prepares the body for sleep when practiced before bed. If you didn't get enough sleep, Shoulderstand may help compensate. But all inversions can help you get to sleep. Try:
  • Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)
  • Halasana (Plow Pose)
  • Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)
Forward Bends
Hold for five minutes. 
  • Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  • Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend)
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
  • Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

After a few minutes, you should be ready to hit they hay with a newfound calm. If you don't, try ...

Supported Supine Poses

  • Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
  • Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose)
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

Not sure what any of these poses are? Get thee to a beginnger yoga class (or youtube, really ...) to learn the basics! 

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