Mudra to Induce a Sound Sleep

by Melissa West on March 8, 2017

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Mudra to Induce Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping? Today I’m going to show you a mudra, a yoga posture for your hands to help you sleep.

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Today I’m going to teach you a simple yoga posture for your hands, a mudra, which will scratch the surface of helping you to sleep but if you want to go deeper, with leading edge research and ongoing support from me stay tuned to the end I will tell you all about that.

Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night (onset insomnia) ? Maybe you fall asleep but you can’t stay asleep (maintenance insomnia) . You wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep. Maybe you are going through a particularly stressful time in your life such as moving, a divorce or loss of work and you are having difficulty sleeping (acute insomnia). Maybe you’ve had insomnia for a LONG time (three nights a week for three months or longer) (chronic insomnia). Or maybe you have anxiety, depression, take certain meditations or have arthritis, restless leg syndrome or back pain that make it difficult to sleep (comorbid insomnia) Whatever the reason, not being able to sleep is stressful in and of itself.

Today I am going to share with you the Shakti mudra to induce a sound sleep. It will calm your mind and relax your body.

For this mudra, the Shakti Mudra to induce sleep, you will turn your palms so they face each other. Join the tips of your ring finger and baby fingers. Fold your thumbs into your palms and cover them with your index and middle fingers.

This mudra is to be done from a comfortable seated position, held in front of your heart center. Let your belly be soft and breathe naturally. Breathe with this mudra for 5-45 minutes.

If you would like more support to help you sleep I would recommend our Yoga for Insomnia Series in our membership community. This series includes a Yoga Class to dispel excess energy during the day, a yoga class to wind you down at night, breath practices to help you fall asleep and if you wake up in the night fall back asleep, a lecture to help you establish the best sleep practices, and cooking classes with a smoothie, main course, soup and spiced milk to help you sleep at night as well as a second lecture to help you choose foods that will best support your sleep.

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Give this video a thumbs up if it was helpful. Let me know in the comments if this mudra helped you to sleep. Thanks for watching.

Namaste, Melissa

 

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