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A Simple Yoga Breathing Technique for Better Sleep

December 11, 2017 | Aya Wellness

Yoga BreathingIf you have trouble sleeping at night, you aren’t alone! According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder.

Sleep deprivation and stress can be an ongoing, vicious cycle. We often have trouble falling sleep because we’re worried and anxious. As a result, we wake up stressed out and tired from the night before. This lethargy could linger throughout the day and into your evening, which only feeds the unhealthy sleep cycle.

We live in a fast-paced environment and our senses are often overstimulated, which can affect our nervous system. The soothing practice of yoga is an effective, natural sleep remedy since it helps to lower stress levels, calm the mind and relieve tension in the body.

This calming breath-work technique will help soothe your nervous system and quiet your mind, which primes your body to sink into a long, restful sleep!

How to Do Left Nostril Breathing for Improved Sleep

Either sit up crossed-legged or lie down on your right side to try this relaxing breathing exercise, also known as “pranayama” in yoga. Cover your right nostril with your thumb and extend the other fingers out. Take five to 10 deep breathes in and out of your left nostril. Breath through the left nostril to promote a calm state of being and relaxation. Left nostril breathing is associated with the body’s cooling energy and the right is associated with heat. Left nostril breathing focuses the mind away from stress in into a more calm state.

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This wellness tip is brought to you by Kathryn McCann of Hang Zen Yogis.

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