5 Yoga Poses to Beat Insomnia


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Yoga’s benefits have been touted by natural health enthusiasts, holistic health practitioners and yogis for decades. But in more recent years, research has proven some of these many benefits—from longevity to improved mental and physical health. There are a number of ailments that yoga can alleviate or, at times, even cure. One such health concern that yoga, and most exercise routines, will help you beat is insomnia. Yoga’s focus on breathing helps relieve stress, calm the brain and lead to better sleep at night.

We all know that sleep is a crucial part of health and wellness, but for some it can be quite elusive. If you’re among those, try these five relaxing poses so you can rest easily.

fire log pose
Photo courtesy YogaJournal.com/David Martinez.

Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana)

Although simple, Fire Log Pose will release tension that may have built up in your hips throughout the day—especially for those who stand or sit for long periods. This release will prompt other areas in the body to relax, as well.

seated spinal twist
Photo by Fotolia/fizkes.



Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Seated Spinal Twist, also called the Half Lord of the Fishes, stretches the spine and promotes relaxation throughout the body. You can keep your bottom leg tucked in, like the photo above, or outstretched for this pose.



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