A natural Cure for Insomnia

This blog comes from the delightful Cora Geroux who teaches at Yoga Village and takes a personal interest in natural stress reduction techniques.

Over the last few months so many of you have reported to me that you have trouble sleeping but are not sure why. Broken sleep or insomnia can be caused by a number of things, but regardless of the cause, seem deprivation must be one of the most frustrating things ever.

As someone who suffered from insomnia for much of my life, I understand first hand how much it can affect your day to day functioning. Now that I have my sleeping patterns in order it is like getting through the day is just so much easier and there is an energy injection in everything I do that just wasn’t there before.

For this reason I have asked our relaxation guru, Cora Geroux for some tips to share with you all about sleeping more soundly each night.  There are many things you can do including pranayama, yoga poses, eating certain foods, all of which can help or hinder your chances of sleeping through the night.

Read what Cora has to share below:

Sleep is crucial for our well-being. Without a proper nights rest our whole system goes out of whack. Our bodies get fat, our relationships suffer and our IQ actually goes down.

In my very first yoga teacher training I learned one simple technique that changed my life forever. It's so simple and easy I just had to share.

If you have trouble sleeping try this breathing exercise when you settle into bed tonight.

Extended Exhale Breath (Pranayama)

Repeat each step 3 times before moving onto the next. Breath through the nose the entire time.

1. Inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4
2. Inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 5
3. Inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 6
4. Inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 7
5. Inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 8

Cora is also teaching a yoga workshop in a couple of weeks on how to cure insomnia naturally.  Click here for details. 

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