Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Yoga to rebalance - a good night's sleep

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Yoga to rebalance- a good night's sleep'-on my YouTube Channel.

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A good night's sleep is important for hormonal balance.  Growth hormone, necessary for normal body maintenance, is secreted during slow wave sleep.  Sleep is also important for the correct balance of the hormones that regulate appetite (we will be looking at how sleep affects weight loss on the wellness blog, 40plusandalliswell, later this week).  

Your brain also consolidates information during sleep, storing memories to be accessed at a later date.  Even so, sleep is restorative for the brain which can function better during the day when properly refreshed. You can see then that without proper sleep you quickly become unbalanced.

So many people however do not have a good night's sleep.  Life is so busy these days.  Even when the working day is over, we are still connected with our smartphones, iPads and laptops (see Anxious? Try a digital detox! https://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/anxious-try-digital-detox.html)  As a result when we go to bed we have not had a chance to 'wind down', our minds are active and sleep doesn't happen.  The more we then panic about not sleeping, the further away sleep slips.

This week's video is intended to break that cycle.  We will be releasing the tensions that have built up in the day in our physical bodies and in our minds.  We will also be gently opening the chest bringing calming oxygen into our bodies.  We will also include a gentle inversion to bring that oxygen to the brain which is very calming to the brain.

The pace of the class is slow and gentle to help you 'wind down' ready for sleep.  We end with a yoga nidra after which you can go straight to sleep if you so wish.

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