Yoga is known for many things. Among them: increased flexibility, mental clarity, and lower stress levels. Did you know that yoga can help you fall asleep at night, as well? Here we will be talking about a simple breathing technique that will help you sleep better at night.
Breathwork, or pranayama as it’s known in yoga, can fulfill a multitude of tasks. For example, there are breathing techniques to aid in digestion, to help energize you for the day, and even to help feel better emotionally. There’s even a technique to help you sleep, whether or not you’re currently practicing yoga in Houston.
Here at Precision Yoga in Houston, we’re here to help you get the most out of your yoga practice.
The Easiest Breathwork Technique to Help You Sleep
The easiest breath technique to help you sleep actually happens while laying down. If you are having trouble falling asleep, often simply rotating to your right side can help you fall asleep.
This is because when we lie on our right side, our left nostril becomes activated. The left nostril is known for being related to calm, peace, and sleep. The right nostril is is known for being related to energizing, waking up, and mental stimulation.
When we focus on breathing through the left nostril, this helps our parasympathetic system wake up while the body begins to go into a resting mode.
Adding in a Meditation Practice
If you want to add a meditation practice to your nighttime routine, it can be very easy to do so. You can start with 5 minutes, and work your way up if you choose.
Simply sit cross-legged. If you can’t sit cross-legged, try sitting in a chair or on your bed, with your feet flat on the floor. You can play some relaxing music if you like, so long as it doesn’t have words. The words can distract the brain from the meditation and ultimately, from sleep.
Leaving your left hand in your lap or resting on your knee, you’ll bring your right hand up. Using your right thumb or index finger, you will close the right nostril.
Begin inhaling and exhaling, nice and slowly. Make sure to keep an equal count on your breath. For example, if you inhale for 4 counts, make sure to exhale for 4 counts. If you inhale for 8 counts, exhale for 8 counts.
If you can’t keep it equal, do the best you can, and set an intention to breathe in and out in equal times.
It sounds too easy to be true, right? Give it a try. Let us know how it goes. If you’re in the Houston area, and you’d like to try yoga in Houston, stop by!