Yoga For Better Sleep

Sleep is a key factor in achieving overall good health.  If you aren’t well rested, chances are you’ll have a much harder time making healthy food choices and attending fitness and yoga classes regularly.  At our yoga studio in Mississauga, we offer classes such as warm candlelight yoga as an opportunity to wind down and get your mind and body ready for sleep. If you struggle with falling asleep at night or wrestle with insomnia, incorporating certain yoga poses into your nightly bedtime routine can not only help you fall asleep, but help you achieve a high quality, restorative sleep too.

yoga for better sleep

Practicing relaxing yoga at bedtime gets you in touch with your breath and signals your body that it’s time to enter sleep mode. Yoga stretches out your muscles making you feel calmer and focuses your mind on your body’s movements, both of which help to release the stress and pressures of the day. Stress is one of the biggest causes when it comes to sleep issues, so the peaceful power of yoga may be exactly what you need to get your body ready to receive sleep.

Since you probably can’t attend a calming yoga class at our Mississauga studio every night, we suggest you build your own routine to use at home. Ideally, your bedtime yoga routine should be approximately 10 minutes long. Remember, because you are working on bringing your body into a relaxed state, be sure to hold each position gently and without strain or pain.

Not sure what poses to add to your bedtime routine yoga sequence? Pick your favourites from our list below and build them into your routine in a way that works for you. You can even complete the poses in bed, if that’s what feels comfortable.

Bedtime Routine Yoga Poses

Child’s Pose (Bal asana)

Child’s Pose stretches your lower back, hips and thighs in addition to relaxing your shoulders and neck. Most people find this pose very relaxing and many feel comfortable staying in it for several minutes at a time. Instructions on how to do the Child’s Pose.

Legs-Up-The-Wall-Pose (Viparita Karani)

This pose really promotes relaxation before sleep. With your legs up against the wall and above your heart, blood returns to the core which can help you feel sleepy. This pose can be done with or without props. Instructions on how to do this pose.

Happy Baby Pose

The name alone gives you a good indication as to why this pose is a good one to include before bed. Happy baby pose gently stretches the inner groin and the spine while also calming the brain and relieving stress and fatigue. Instructions on how to do Happy Baby Pose.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

Bending forward elongates the spine and relaxes your neck and shoulders. This pose allows you to relax your neck tension while also gently stretching your hamstrings, calves, and hips. Instructions on how to do Uttanasana.

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

This pose will help relax the mind and the body and should be the last pose in your bedtime yoga sequence.  In our Mississauga yoga studio, we typically end classes with Savasana and encourage people to let their stress, fatigue and tension fall away and embrace stillness.  Instructions on how to do Savasana.

Finding Time For Yoga

It may seem overwhelming at first to commit 10 minutes before bed to a bedtime yoga routine, but helping your body prepare for sleep is important and can make a big difference.  In addition to yoga before bed, regular yoga practice also encourages a healthy relationship with sleep.  Keep in mind that yoga not only improves sleep for adults, but can help teens and kids sleep better too.

Mind to Body Yoga offers yoga classes in Mississauga for all ages and abilities, in addition to meditation and holistic health workshops and events.  You can learn about our Mississauga yoga studio by visiting our website or give us a call at 905-712-YOGA.

Yoga For Better Sleep
Melissa L.
Melissa L.
01:32 29 Jan 20
I simply love this place!!! This is my go to yoga every time I'm in Mississauga. Great energy very welcoming place and very clean!!! The classes are not too crowded and the teachers are so nice!!! Great experience!!!read more
Nadia Lebar
Nadia Lebar
01:59 15 Jan 20
Mind to Body was the first place I started yoga at and I have no desire to go anywhere else! From the very first day I felt comfortable and at ease with all the instructors as they work with everybody’s abilities. The space is clean and very inviting!read more
Amanda Nicholls
Amanda Nicholls
01:38 13 Jan 20
Lovely knowledgeable teachers. The owner is super nice and gets to know her clients.The facility is clean, had a comfy atmosphere and offers free tea to practitioners, the only dislike I have id that there is Buddah images and statues everywhere and not everyone coming to the studio may not be a Buddhist. It would be nice if the studios itself did not have statues, other than that it is a overall great experience.read more
Erica D'Onofrio
Erica D'Onofrio
18:46 08 Jan 20
I started attending Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness December 2018. The studio is very welcoming and clean. The staff are so nice and want nothing but the best for you. I enjoy how the studio offers a variety of classes targeted for all levels of yoga participants. I leave every class I participate in feeling renewed and energized.read more
A Google User
A Google User
03:01 08 Jan 20
Great studio, the instructor was very attentive with me especially because it was my first class in their studio. I will definitely be a long time member.read more
zaida portillo
zaida portillo
18:03 04 Jan 20
I did my Yoga Teacher Training at Mind to Body Yoga and it was one of the best decisions I've made. When you walk into the studio you feel a sense of home and community. The studio is beautiful and well kept. The training was in depth and very organized, while at the same time fun! Pritpal, the studio director who leads the training is wonderful and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend the studio for YTT and also to practice in.read more
Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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