9 Yoga Moves That Will Help You Sleep Better

Try these postures to beat your insomnia before bedtime.

9 Yoga Moves That Will Help You Sleep Better

Many yoga poses can alleviate stress and tension and calm the mind and body, helping you fall and stay asleep through the night. Next time you’re tossing and turning, roll out your yoga mat and practice these moves to get the restorative rest you deserve. If you have any injuries, conditions, or concerns, consult your physician or healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program.

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Standing Forward Bend

The standing forward bend is a relaxing move that stretches the tendons in the back of your thighs or the hamstring muscles. This pose can help you quiet your mind and keep your body flexible. Start by standing up straight with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Take a deep breath and upon exhaling, bend forward from the hips while keeping your spine extended. Bring your hands to rest beside or in front of your feet or on a yoga block. If this is too difficult, bend your forearms and hold opposite elbows. Inhale and look forward instead of downward. Exhale and move your head back down and toward your legs. Breathe slowly in this position for up to one minute and let your head relax between your shoulders. To complete this sequence, inhale and slowly rise up without rolling your spine into a standing position.

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