Stress Buster: Sleep Easy

Ahhhh sleep. Wonderful, rejuvenating, restful sleep.

Unless, of course, you can’t sleep. Which happens to about, say, 100% of us, from time to time. (This is just a guess, but I bet we could find a scientific source to back it up.) Which is caused, say, 100% of the time, by an overactive mind. (Yet another guess, but I bet it’s true.)

Laying awake, with a racing mind, knowing that we need to sleep to function properly and feel healthy and happy, is awful.

Here’s a take-away yoga tip on how to calm your mind:

Kapala Bhati breathing
– sit cross-legged on the floor, or just sit in a chair; definitely get out of bed
– lift the crown of your head to the sky, let your sit bones sink to the floor
– through your nose, inhale deeply all the way up to your chest, exhale deeply all the way down to your belly, three times
– inhale again all the way up to your chest, and begin rapidly pumping your belly right below your rib cage, exhaling through your nose on each contraction
– the inhales, if you can let your mind stay out of it, will take care of themselves, naturally drawing breath in, as you relax your belly after an exhale
– do this for five minutes, taking a break to breathe normally if you feel you need to
– at the end, take a deep breath in and slowly exhale

Sure, it sounds a little silly.

But my guess is that laying in bed wishing you could sleep is, well, just wishful thinking.

(Contraindications: lung problems, heart problems, high blood pressure, pregnancy, first few days of your menstrual cycle.)

Aug 26, 2008 · Comment

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