Free 30-Minute Yin Yoga Sequence For Better Sleep

Free 30-Minute Yin Yoga Sequence For Better Sleep

Do you have a hard time sleeping? 

In Chinese medicine, the two organs that influence our sleep are the Heart and the Gallbladder. Sometimes called the ‘Court of Justice,’ the Gallbladder plays a key role in making decisions and judgments. The Gallbladder has an influence over the quality and the duration of sleep. When deficient, you may wake up suddenly very early in the morning, and unable to fall asleep again. 

The Heart, also known as the ‘Red Emperor,’ is the supreme controller of all the yin and yang organs in the body. The Heart is responsible for mental and emotional activities, intelligent consciousness, and long-term memory. The heart has the capacity to judge, and influences sleep. Symptoms of Heart deficiency include palpitations, vertigo, dizziness, insomnia, poor memory, and dream disturbed sleep.

Yin Yoga, similar to acupressure, restores proper Qi function by applying gentle pressure along the meridians over time. The poses that target the lateral side of the body help stimulate the Gallbladder channel; whereas the poses that activate the medial side of the arms stimulate the Heart channel. The following 30-minute Yin Yoga sequence targets these specific areas. Practice this sequence right before bed and see how it can help you sleep better at night!

For best quality, it is best to practice in a quiet and clutter-free space. Feel free to put on soft instrumental music to help you ease into quietude.

1. Sleeping Swan: 4 minutes per side + 1-minute rest in between

Annie Au Yoga Sleeping Swan

 

2. Broken Wing: 4 minutes per side + 1-minute rest in between

Annie Au Yin Yoga Broken Wing

3.  Cat Tail: 4 minutes per side + 1-minute rest in between

Cat Tail