Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking too early, and/or feeling tired upon waking. Acute insomnia (lasting from one night to a few weeks) is the most common and is usually caused by stress, hormonal changes, and/or emotional problems. Fortunately, the stress reducing, calming and natural balancing effects of yoga make it a perfect remedy for mild and acute insomnia, and along with good sleep habits insomnia can often be prevented or quickly cured.
A gentle practice of calming yoga poses will be generally effective to reduce stress and balance the body’s systems to promote good sleep. Use our Calming Pose Sequence as a base for your practice, adding or emphasizing from our complete list of Postures for Insomnia.
Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind, and removes negative thought patterns. Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Yoga Meditation or Inner Peace Meditation.
Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.