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Sweet dreams

Winding Down Twist

I know I have not been focusing my posting on food lately, and I promise I’ll get back to that (!), but the past few weeks I have gotten the worst night sleep of my life. I fall asleep fine and then a few hours later I am wide awake with thoughts spinning out of control, keeping my mind active and therefore, preventing me from returning to slumber. This started with a few nights a week and has gradually gotten to the point where I am down to about 5 hours of sleep a night. To pass the time, I read in bed so that I don’t just lay there, tossing and turning. I need help! I began looking into yoga as a sleep aid on Monday and have found tons of interesting articles that just might be my salvation!

One article  http://www.healthcentral.com/sleep-disorders/c/33137/53544/yoga-sleep/ has a simple legs up the wall pose to encourage the mind to slow down and begin preparing the body for sleep. The pose is simple; I have done it before, and it does provide relaxing properties, so I am hopeful that a quick adjustment to my bedtime routine to include this position might help me finally get some shut-eye.

Another site http://www.revolutionhealth.com/blogs/bradlyjacobsmdmph/yoga-for-sleep–8643 says “If sleep problems are chronic for you, consider doing yoga 2x/day for 10-20 minutes each time- preferably in the morning and then 1 hour before bedtime.   If you awake in the middle of the night, I would suggest you do yoga in the middle of the night to calm your mind and body-  5-40 minutes of yoga depending on your needs. ”

Finally, a third Wed site offers an 8 minute yoga sequence to do before bed http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/yoga/poses/yoga-routine-before-sleep/?page=2  (one pose includes legs up the wall). I believe I could spare 8 minutes before bed to counteract all the time I lose when I wake up prematurely.

From all my searches, it is important to note that I did not find one site that said yoga was bad for sleep problems. The only negative I found came from those people who did an intense yoga workout right before bed. The workout energized them instead of calming them down, so it is best to do yoga designed for relaxation and not for weight-loss if you are doing this routine for sleeplessness.

Pleasant dreams!

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Yoga for all problems

I can’t believe that it has been 2 weeks since my last post! (And I thought I was doing so well!) Anyway, at the start of January, I began a yoga class that runs for 15 weeks. Part of the class is to keep a yoga journal where you explore the ways that yoga can affect your life outside the class and the teacher encourages the students to do research on different yoga topics. With this motivation, I began to look for yoga to relieve sciatic pain.

My mom suffers horribly for her sciatica and while she has tried many medicines, therapies, and acupuncture, nothing seems to help. Maybe some yoga will do the trick! I found two sites that I believe anyone could benefit from but especially those with sciatic pain. One site offers poses for relief, while the other gives a great scientific explanation of what is happening to cause sciatic pain and gives a book to look into that can offer natural remedies. If you suffer from this condition, try these moves and see if you notice any improvement.

http://www.womenfitness.net/top10_yoga_exercises.htm

http://www.ctds.info/sciatiexer.html

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