How important is sleep? Well, if you consider that sleep deprivation is a form of torture then we should rate it pretty high.
Before Covid, in the National Inquiry into Australia’s Sleep Health, Sleep Health Foundation Chair, Professor Dorothy Bruck commented “For the first time in the world a comprehensive government-level document has acknowledged that quality sleep is as important for health as a good diet and adequate exercise. It also calls for sleep health to be recognised as a national priority”
Since then, our sleep patterns and dreams have changed along with our changing world. People all around the world have been experiencing different dreams to normal and some are experiencing deeper longer sleep (due to lockdown) while others are waking up with anxiety and suffering from sleep deprivation.
What is a lack of sleep costing you?
Do you place the same importance of sleep as you do on diet and exercise?
If we think about diet and exercise these are usually things we are investing in, we buy good food we invest in gym membership or Yoga/Pilates classes. So how can we invest in our sleep? We are not taught how to relax, so I’ve decided to share seven yogic tips that may help you prepare for a good nights sleep.
#1 – Make going to bed a ritual
My #1 tip make sleep sacred, make it something to look forward to something you enjoy
If you are over stimulated, make going to bed a ritual, dim the lights, light some candles, burn some essential oils, drink a calming tea. Enjoy the natural rhythms of the sun setting and the moon rising. The time of sleep is also important and as your grandmother said the hours before midnight count […]
What is Anxiety?
If you are feeling anxious, know that you are not alone. Everybody will experience anxiety at sometime; it’s a normal human emotion. Saying that, the speed at which we are living and the speed our brains and nervous systems are accessing information has greatly increased. This means anxiety has become a bigger deal.
Looking through the lens of Ayurveda, anxiety is a Vata imbalance. This is an excess of the Ether and Air elements. This means that certain body types are more prone to becoming affected by anxiety and certain activities can increase anxiety.
How does yoga help
When we feel anxious the energy in the body rises upwards and we tend to shallow breath, we may experience dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, insomnia and digestive issues. If you have extreme anxiety it may also lead to panic attacks. Slow hatha yoga where we focus on grounding is a great panacea for anxiety.
On a mental level anxious thoughts are future focused. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, breath work can help bring us back into the present moment.
3 steps to calm Anxiety
Step 1 – Awareness
Recognise that you are feeling anxious, acknowledge that anxiety is occurring, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Step 2 – Allow
Allow it to be there, to feel it. Try not to resist the anxiety but instead, notice where in the body you are feeling the effects of this emotion and notice the intensity. When we name anxiety for what it is, a temporary emotion that comes and goes, it takes away its power.
Step 2 – Action (Choose a way to respond)
Choose how to move forward, below are 5 ways you can do this through Yoga. Different approaches work for different people, choose what works […]
I’m very excited to be offering my first Yoga and Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Camilla from the unique and beautiful Paperbark Camp. It will be a very nurturing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Please get in contact if you are interested in future retreats as this one booked out fast!
Do you have a daily routine?
An Ayurvedic daily routine (Dinacharya) addresses all aspects of daily living, diet, movement, mental health and sleep. I’m really excited to announce I will be running a free webinar to discuss daily routine through the lens of Ayurveda. Join me to learn how small daily changes will kick your health up a notch.
wake up full of energy and clarity
move towards your ideal weight
boost your immune system
experience deep rejuvenating sleep
Why not optimise your daily routine by setting up good habits around self-care so that they become automatic. This allows you to spend more time on what really matters to you.
Join up here and please share with anyone else who would benefit from this helpful free webinar.
Thank you for your support and many blessings to you!