Try This Yoga Pose to Improve Sleep
Beth Irvine, author of Healthy Mother, Healthy Child (Bright Sky Press, 2010), says"“The Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose calms the mind and acts as a natural sleep remedy." Here’s how to do this yoga pose:
- Place a yoga mat or blanket on the floor, with a short edge against a wall.
- Lie on the mat, feet towards the wall and with toes touching the wall. Bend legs and scoot your butt closer to wall.
- Lift legs, bending knees to your chest. Extend legs upward and lean them against wall. Your body should form a backwards "L" with a straight line from your navel to the top of your head, lying perpendicular to wall.
- Take several very deep breaths. Feel the breaths relax you as you settle into position.
- Stay in place for up to 20 minutes or for as long as the position feels comfortable.
If your legs feel tight or you develop a cramp, gently stretch the back of your legs. Sweet dreams!
Adapted from our sister publication, Diabetes Focus, Fall 2012