Mindful Living by Becky, Chanting Stork Yoga: Sleep Fitness #2

Mindful Living by Becky, Chanting Stork Yoga: Sleep Fitness #2

March is one of my favourite months. A time where nature begins to awaken and the days become longer and lighter. However, this can play havoc on your natural circadian rhythm and sleep.

Last month we looked at how getting a good night’s sleep is as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. So, let’s get back to our Sleep Fitness ‘A’ game!

Can you believe we spend approximately 1/3 of our lives sleeping?

However, it’s not just about the length of sleep but it is about the quality of your sleep too.

Here are some accessible techniques to encourage your nervous system to calm and support a wonderful night’s sleep:
• Yoga Nidra is known as yogic sleep and is a deeply relaxing guided meditation to encourage your body and mind to unwind.
• Calming breathing exercises. Try this one: breathing through your nose, inhale, and count to 5, hold your breath for 2 counts and exhale for a count of 8. When you exhale making a woosh sound or a deep sigh, signalling sleep to your body and mind. Repeat 5 – 10 times, slowing surrendering into the comfort of your nest.
• Do only gentle exercise in the evening like a restorative yoga class, this is key to helping you tap into the rest and digest part of your nervous system.

Even taking naps in the middle of the day increases the biological process of repair and healing. Let’s bring back weekend siestas!

And remember from the moment you wake up, it’s another day to make your dreams come true.

Namaste, Becky x 

Experienced Yoga Teacher,
Chanting Stork Yoga
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