Sleep, Glorious Sleep!
Yoga Nidra & Pranayama for deep relaxation & better sleep
Saturday 15th June 2019 4.30-6.30pm Wimbledon @ Jiva Health
Yoga Nidra and Pranayama for Better Sleep
Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep?! But do you find it easy to get one? Maybe you fall asleep easily but wake up and find it hard to go back to sleep. Maybe you lie awake for ages before falling asleep at all. Perhaps you are a parent with young children who are not ‘sleeping through’ yet. Sleep is of course vital to our well being, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. Are you getting enough? Are you waking refreshed and energised?
Many of us are sleep deprived without even realising it! Naturally it takes 20 minutes to fall asleep, so that the physical body can relax en route to deep sleep and the brain waves pass though different frequencies. And waking naturally is also meant to take 20 minutes to shift from being asleep to being fully awake. Yet many of us fall asleep as soon as the head hits the pillow and are still deeply asleep when the alarm abruptly wakes us up, this is also a sign that you are not getting enough good quality sleep!
One reason for this is that we live so much in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) and don’t find it so easy to switch into the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Even practising yoga regularly may not completely switch you off – especially if you are drawn to the more high energy practices. Yoga Nidra and Pranayama help to induce the state of Pratayahara (turning inwards), activating the parasympathetic nervous system and calming the sympathetic nervous system.
Join Lon to learn some poses and exercises to reduce tension in the physical body which can easily be done at home before going to bed. Then explore specific calming pranayama (breathing techniques), before settling into a full length Yoga Nidra. Even if you don’t have a specific sleep issue, you will still learn ways in which to maximise that time under the duvet!
4.30-6.30pm Saturday 15th June 2019 @ Jiva Wimbledon – booking here