Yoga’s ability to relax the body, reduce stress and anxiety and calm the mind and heart allow relief from difficulty in falling asleep or periodic wakefulness.
A gentle practice of calming forward bending poses will be generally effective to reduce stress and balance the body’s systems to promote good sleep. If insomnia is due to hormonal imbalances then practice the endocrine regulating poses. If there is an emotional component to your insomnia that includes depression and anxiety then practice the heart opening poses that balance the emotions. If stress is contributing to your insomnia, then a more active or flowing approach to yoga would be warranted and practicing the poses to calm the heart and mind would be beneficial.
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