Does yoga help treat insomnia?

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Yogi Cameron Alborzian
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

According to Ayurveda, insomnia is an indication that there is an excessive amount of air in the body as a result of aggravated Vata dosha.  This is an imbalance that leads to dryness in the form of constipation and dry skin, and tends to affect those who exhibit both excessive movement of the body (travel, frenetic movement) and the mind (managing many small tasks throughout the day, surrounding oneself and interacting with many people at any given time).  When the mind becomes too active, it can be difficult to dial down the thoughts so as to feel relaxed enough for sleep.  But with a nourished, moisturized body and a soothed mind, insomnia can be reversed.

Certain yoga postures help to settle down the aggravated Vata dosha, and in doing so the body will become more nourished and the mind will settle down in turn.  Examples of postures that are helpful for those with Vata imbalances include tree pose, legs up the wall, and plough pose.

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