If you’re thinking of ways to boost your energy and improve the quality of your sleep, practicing yoga may not have been something you had previously thought of.
But in actual fact, yoga can be a fantastic way of upping your energy levels. Dr Nerina, Silentnight’s resident sleep expert, strongly recommends yoga as a great starting point for helping you get a great night’s sleep, she says: “Lots of people find that they wake up tired and lacking energy and this can sometimes be down to the quality of sleep you’ve had the night before. If you have had a night’s sleep that isn’t 100% restorative you may wake up feeling stressed and anxious, which can really deplete your energy levels.”
Though there are of course many positions to try in yoga, Dr Nerina recommends the Lion’s position as a good starting point, and provides the following tips to get started:
- How to get into the lion pose: kneel on the floor with knees shoulder-width apart and sit on your heels. Lift your chest up just enough so that you’re not slouching and your spine is fully straightened. Place both your hands on top of your knees. Widen your palms and press the firmly against your knees. Splay your fingers like a lion’s claws and inhale deeply through your nose.
- Roar like a lion: lower your jaw and open your mouth as wide as possible, stretch your tongue out and curl its tip downwards towards your chin. Open your eyes wide and look upwards. Focus your eyes in between your eyebrows or on the tip of your nose.
Dr Nerina suggests to “hold this position and exhale slowly through your mouth. Feel the air pass over the back of your throat, as well as the contraction of your throat and neck muscles. You should make a distinct ‘haaaaa’ sound as you exhale. Don’t forget to give your best lion’s roar, two or three times, and then retract your tongue and relax.
“Use this tool before bedtime or any time of the day when you feel you need to release. It’s a great exercise to use before a presentation or a conversation you are feeling nervous about to give you a boost of energy”.
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