We live in a fast paced, technologically driven world. Who hasn’t eaten on the run, worked until 9pm, left their cell phone on 24/7, or neglected their yoga practice? It is amazing that some of us get any sleep at all. Restorative yoga poses can help you sleep better.
B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga, adapted many yoga poses to use of props. He discovered that supporting the body, allows you to hold poses for longer periods of time, makes them more accessible and moves the body toward balance. He modified poses with the use of props to remove any stress or strain on the body, which helps induce a deeper state of relaxation.
Restorative poses can sooth and stimulate the organs, reverse the effects of gravity, encourage the flow of prana (life force or chi), and alleviate the effects of chronic stress. By slowing your practice down, deepening the poses and supporting with props, you will feel some amazing effects in your body while also bringng your mind to a place of rest.
Try including any of the poses below into your evening routine or perform them on their own to help you sleep better at night: