What is a yoga asana? An Asana is any single one of the many positions one can take in yoga. A yoga flow, or a Vinyasa yoga flow is a string of yoga asanas arranged into a sequence, such as Sun Salutations.
There are a plethora of yoga asanas for every occasion, whether you need yoga asanas to wake up, relieve back aches, or even quell an upset stomach. Here is a set of yoga asanas to help you snooze better!
Yoga Asanas for Better Sleep
On all fours, arch your back upwards to “cat” pose, letting your head relax downwards. Then let your back curve downwards and look upwards in “cow” pose. Breathe deeply as you move back and forth between cat and cow poses.
Sit with your knees slightly apart and folded underneath your body, then lean forward to rest your forehead on the ground.
Sit upright and bring your feet together in front of you, with your knees out to the side. Grip your feet while you bend forward and relax over your legs, pressing your knees downward.
Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet hip-width apart. Space your feet and hands so that you can lightly brush your heels with your fingertips. Push your pelvis up, allowing your shoulders to rotate underneath you so you are resting on your shoulder blades, not your neck.
Lay on your back and bring your knees into your chest. Grab the inside of your feet with your hands, and bring your feet up and to the side to a comfortable spot.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
Sit with your side to the wall, and legs extended. Lean back to the floor, swing your legs up the wall, and relax.
Lay with your back on the ground, and your knees bent. Let your knees fall to one side, and look in the opposite direction, with your arms extended to both sides.
Lay on your back with your legs fully extended, and your arms wherever you feel comfortable.