Yoga and sleep

Some say that yoga can help to improve sleep, and depression and anxiety share a deep and difficult connection.

For me, with yoga I boost relaxation and I beat insomnia by soothing my mind and body before bedtime. If you can’t seem to sleep enough, yoga can help. Regular yoga practice is known to cure several ailments, including insomnia or abnormal sleeping habits.

Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice that’s been around for centuries. I believe that yoga is for your mental and physical health. It connects you to your breath, the connection calms the mind as it redirects the point of focus, yoga practice opens the cardiovascular system and so it delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body. Your body’s circulation system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body and mind. Yoga opens it up throughout which assists with accessing the better sleeping pattern.

How?

I would ease into a restful night with a quiet yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm my mind and release physical tension. The combination of breath and movement activates parasympathetic nervous system, which helps counteract stress. Many of the versions of the poses encourage relaxation around the eyes and additional smoothing of the nervous system.

Many people are suffering from sleep problems. If you are someone who has trouble sleeping, scientists recommend trying yoga.The great thing about yoga is there are very few limitations to start, and various ways to gain benefits.

It’s a good idea to work with an instructor if you’re just starting out. They work wonders on keeping you in the moment and stopping you from being so hard on yourself.

Love & gratitude,

Why do I like to teach yoga?

Your body and mind meet in the concentration of doing a yoga pose; you experience clarity, focusing your attention, muscles, bones, and breath towards experiencing the particular pose. Again and again, as you approach each pose, this capability to meet each sensation with awareness increases. This experience of harmony of body and mind then transfers to your everyday life; you are more alert to the beauty and wonder of life that has always been right before your eyes and in fact, available to all your senses.

This is the magic of Yoga.

When you feel, as a teacher, that this magic is possible to give someone as a gift it gives a sense of purpose in this world. Once one accepts this magic and moves forward with the practice, body and mind takes a different shape. Mind is more receptive, focused and giving. Body is more flexible, healthier and glowing. As a teacher you are a witness of this process. A witness of someone who is meeting her/his own glitter. Her/his own power, and ability to bloom to its own potential.

Yoga is the union. When I teach I feel I am contributing to the individual unity of building that connection. When one practice and observes the teacher’s’ instructions, the teacher and the student are in uniquely combined unity that is fully understandable to the teacher and student only. As a teacher I also grow and learn about myself in my approach and inner strength to develop and give. While a student learns about her/his individual inner goal. It’s a wonderful dance that keeps on growing and moving and nourishing. I cannot imagine a better engagement in this earthy living.

I hope to see you on the math and share this magic with you

Love & gratitude

How can we go through this busy life with some help at that moment in time? I have been practicing yoga since 2004. And have been teaching since 2009. Traveled and went to many many workshops and meditation centers but I found it difficult to find something that can assist me with little crazy Kiki when that moment of craziness arrives. And not until I started to work with the Breath that I have found my unique ingredient. Pranayama is what I would practice regularly and that would keep my stability, but then I would get off the track or something out of ordinary would happen and I would be out of balance again. 

Rib cage breathing. 

Inhaling, your diaphragm contracts and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity, and your lungs expand into it. The muscles between your ribs also help enlarge the chest cavity. Your heart gets more supply. Your whole body gets more breathing space. 

To start, bring your hands to your ribs and take longer breaths, both inhale and exhale being the same length. Make sure you do not go into totality of the full capacity as this will bring tensity. And if at any point you feel discomfort come back to your natural flow of the breath. Goal is not to have your shoulders moving while you breathe to your rib cage. 

This I found works as a magic wand to me. Now after some time of practice, I engage in this whenever I possibly can. Especially when my little daughter starts screaming, tantruming or needing Me and I feel crazy Kiki is crawling into me. It feels to me as if I am channelizing all that tension and bringing some new supply to myself and automatically to my daughter. I feel I am here in the moment of Now, and she feels that, and because my body is not taking in this unbearable tension but it is channelizing. Relaising. 

In the evening or when time allows, I lie on my back and bring my hand to my heart and my lower abdominal. To feel my heart. To channel these feel good energy to my core. Connecting my heart to my core of myself. 

Happy breathing and send me questions if anything arises, or if you want to just talk about it. 

I apply this everywhere. In the shop when a crazy lady is crazy to me, when I need something done and I do not feel it, when Tara needs me, when I feel the lower me is about to come out, when I drive…….It is that simple and free and available to you all the time. The trick between this and just breath, that I have heard so many times, is that I feel ribs expanding and that tunes me in. It gives me a deeper feeling. 

Sending you love 

Kiki