Insomnia No More

Through the last six weeks, aside from improving on my asana practice, increasing my stamina and flexibility, I have seen the hundreds of ways through which everything is linked, through this, I have stumbled upon my cure to insomnia.

Its come to me in bits an pieces throughout the course and ranges from mantra usage, pranayamas, knowledge gained from anatomy classes as well as asanas and their sequencing.

I will briefly describe each method which I have adopted from the last 6 weeks and been putting into practice. (In the order that I do them)

1)From Mantras: Chanting of the Shanthi Mantra when ready for bed. This causes the energy to contract back to the source within, thus pulling back into yourself.

2)From Pranayamas: Either Chandraloma or IN:Ret:EX to the ratio of 1:1:1 to the count of 20.

3)Asanas: Initially, I had my own haphazard pick of asanas which I would do prior to sleeping, these would include, Halasana, Uttanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Viparita Karani and Supta Baddha Konasana. Until I realized… We have a perfectly arranged sequence right in front of us!! Which has been in practice for almost a century!( And thats only since it was passed down to Pattabhi Jois!) The finishing sequence. (As Utpluthih uses kappalabhati, and I find that too energizing, I personally stop at Padmasana and move straight into Savasana)

4)From the active meditation sequence: Lying on your back, with your eyes wide open. Rotation your as far out as possible, in a clockwise direction (50x) followed by anticlockwise (50x)

5)Yoga Nidra : The breathing and auto suggestions to self to induce a relaxed and restful state conducive to sleep.

From lessons on the Nervous System: Links become obvious from above mentioned methods to its affects on the parasympathetic response/state.

Mayuri Punjabi