by Eirik Yven
Article by Jenifer
Some people walk into their bedrooms and just pass out. You envy them because you can’t do that. You have insomnia: you can’t get to sleep easily, and when you do and you wake up, you can’t get back to sleep. Why not try Yoga for insomnia? Yoga can help relax you enough to let you sleep. When incorporated into your daily routines, you will notice that you get more sleep. Results like that count, especially when your insomnia is stress related.
You may have to do some research, as there are different schools or types of Yoga. You can start by Googling up Yoga online, to read more about this. But you may be taken aback by so much information about the subject. Also, Yoga sometimes is packaged in press releases with religious undertones. But you only need Yoga for insomnia.
What you could do is find a Yoga class, whose Yoga instructor can walk you through what Yoga will be taking from your usual work week and weekends. Yoga, as a routine exercises, is no different from scheduled work outs. The difference is the effect on your sanity and peace of mind. Think of your mind as a stressed out clenched fist. Yoga’s exercises can help you slide down from that tension and let your tight fist slowly unclench and relax. That helps a lot in getting you to sleep.
If you want to practice Yoga at home, you could do three things. Stay online and research until you find a site that provides exercises without too much reading into Yoga’s history. You can print the exercises and their directions and follow them. Or you could hire a Yoga instructor who will guide you through the stretching exercises and postures, all in the familiar and safe haven of your home. Or you could buy a book on Yoga and try out the illustrated stretching exercises and positions there. The benefits of all three options is that you stay at home, free to do Yoga at your time and pace, and most probably, before going to bed.
Please try to consult your doctor about your trying Yoga, just in case some positions may result i n some i njury or may aggravate an existing medical condition. The books may mention this, but one advantage of a Yoga instructor is that he or she can assess you and your body as to the state of readiness of both for Yoga exercises.
Before you dive into searching for Yoga websites, books, or nearby Yoga classes, what most information on Yoga will tell you about its connection to insomnia, is this. Yoga’s stretching and its many relaxation exercises will help you sleep, that there’s no age cap on practicing Yoga, and that’s its insertion into your routines will overall benefit your health and peace of mind.
Regardless of the type of Yoga for insomnia you will be practicing, you will probably be stretching to relax your body, doing deep breathing, and visualization exercises. Note that all three activities run counter to what a stressed out person usually does, which is going through the day with a tense body, not breathing deeply, and visualizing problems. Yoga tries to counter that and help you sleep.
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Lauren Lochry_ALA 100: Assignment 1
Mastery is a process of practicing towards achievement. The practice of yoga involves mastery with the synonymous training of the mind and body to later achieve internal composure. Yoga is an ancient Buddhist practice of spirituality through concentration of mind and movement of body. Achieving a balanced body entails a mastery of meditation. In reference to George Leonard’s novel, Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long Term Fulfillment, yoga is harmonious with his “Five Keys to Mastery”. Yoga identifies with the first key of “Instruction” with an instructor’s guidance to stabilize the mind and safely flex the body. I further continue yoga in private alluding to the second key, “Practice”. Practice is essential in yoga to overcome plateaus of difficult poses and distractions of the mind. To “Surrender” to the intensity of meditation involves this third key. I practice yoga to surrender stress and internalize peace. Submission of stress calls me to envision mastering yoga in a state of upmost mental health, like “Intentionalism”, the fourth key. The final key, “The Edge” pertains to subconsciously heightening performance. I challenge myself to endure difficult poses and mental escapism. Dismissing the day’s intensity is the most difficult aspect of yoga., which I resolve by silently practicing and imagining myself within natural scenery. After learning this technique in a high school physical education class, I continue yoga as a daily practice in hopes to attain personal …
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