By Sally Barker
It’s this never-ending whirr and the exhausting search for calm that often distracts us from slipping into a restful sleep. However, there is a solution, and there is a way to find your own personal OFF switch.
Yoga! Yes I know, if you’re like most people you’ve joined yoga classes in the past and ended up in poses that more resemble MR. Tickle on a picnic with Little Miss Naughty than a peaceful Yogi. But you don’t have to be super flexible to benefit from some simple pre-bedtime poses.
I asked Qi-Yoga Instructor Jen Kaz to share her favourite poses to get you sleeping better.
Lie down or sit up with your legs stretched out straight, and simply tap your toes together as fast as you can until you lose the coordination to tap.
Lie on your back with your arms horizontally stretched out in line with your shoulders. Bend your knees and bring your feet close to your hips. Keep the soles of your feet on the ground. Swing your knees to the left until your knee touches the ground, while doing this turn your head to the right and look at your palm. Turn back to the centre and mirror the pose on the other side.
Start in a kneeling position. Drop your butt toward your heels as you stretch the rest of your body down and forward. Rest your arms in a relaxed position beside your torso, rest your stomach on your thighs, and rest your forehead on the mat.
Lie on your back with your legs and arms extended. As you exhale, draw both knees to your chest. Clasp your hands around your knees and gently rock backward and forward or side-to-side.
One last tip to help you slip peacefully into the land of nod is to get those whirring thoughts out of your head and down on paper. Send them to sleep as well. Your to-do list can be tackled with greater vigor after a good night sleep.
Sally Barker is a Copywriter, Feature Writer, Journalist, and Voiceover Artist based in Perth, Western Australia.
On the way to editing and presenting primetime radio news Sally was a reporter at radio 6PR, the Rural and Resources reporter for ABC Radio in the northwest of W.A., and a television journalist for Channel 7 Perth, and the statewide Golden West News.Sally has also held reporting roles with Ten Eyewitness News and Nine News Perth.
Other career achievements include current affair articles published in the West Australian Newspaper, as well as having documentaries and features broadcast on ABC Radio National and Radio 6PR.
Sally has also been involved in a wide range of successful projects involving script writing, editing, and voiceovers. Add to that her work as a freelance feature writer and budding non-fiction author, currently producing a book about the daunting challenge of having early term twins.
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