We all have our own unique ways of sleeping depending on our habits and arrangements. There are some who sleep on the stomach, while many others prefer to sleep on their backs, on the left side, or to the right etc.
If you want to benefit from a good night's sleep, it is necessary to sleep in a comfortable position that aids your sleep cycles and also keeps the body in a relaxed state. As these are not subjects that we are trained in, a majority of people may suffer from inadequate sleep or disturbed sleep due to this lack of knowledge.
There are simple yoga techniques like mudras, pranayama and yogic postures that can help to correct any improper sleeping position for a more restful night of sleep. The following techniques suggested by Himalayan Siddha, Grand Master Akshar can help you enjoy better quality of sleep.
- Sit down in a meditative pose such as Sukhasana or Padmasana and keep your back straight.
- Allow the tips of your thumb and ring fingers to gently touch each other
- Straighten the rest of your fingers
- Do this with both hands and place the back of your palms on your knees
- Close your eyes and direct your attention to your breath
- Sit in a lotus or very easy half seated position.
- The first condition of any mudra exercise is comfort.
- You must be in a comfortable position on a mat or cloth to do this exercise.
- You can close your eyes as this ensures more concentration.
- Join together the tips of thumbs and little finger
Brahmari Pranayama In Sukhasana Or Anandasana
You can practice this early in the morning and once before you sleep. Lie down on your back. Stretch out your arms. Keep your palms facing up. Inhale deeply and fill your lungs with air. While exhaling, make a humming noise with your throat like the sound of a buzzing bee. This is also known as Bee Breath.
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Aarambh Dhyan/Bheej Dhyan/Seed Meditation
- Sit in any comfortable seated position
- Keep your spine erect and gently close your eyes
- Hold Siddhamudra in your seated meditative pose
- Imagine and visualize two holes- one black and one white in front of you.
- Begin with an Exhale and send out emotions such as pain, doubt, guilt, shame, trauma, anger, sorrow, envy, negativity into the black hole that you have visualized
- There is a pause between the inhalation and the exhalation. This pause is a very important part of the process
- In this pause, whenever you exhale, feel that you have emptied all this destructive emotions or thoughts into the black hole.
- Inhale and gather energy from the white hole. This energy will consist of new ways of thinking, new ideas, transformative habits or behaviour that contribute to your growth.
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Himalayan Siddha, Grand Master Akshar says, “It is considered scientifically better to sleep on the left side and to wake up from the right. Include these easy but useful postures such as vajrasana, along with meditation techniques like Seed Meditation/Aarambh Dhyan and Brahmari Pranayama on a regular basis. You can perform these practices as a nightly routine to enhance your sleep quality and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.”
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