We’re so grateful to have an incredible Medical Advisory Board to educate us about the positive medical and psychological benefits of yoga. Our Medical Advisory Board is up representatives from our Kula Care programs sites, and we work together to keep up to date on current research and trends in the integrative medicine world, and cultivate new program opportunities within existing sites.
One of our Medical Advisory Board members, Dr. Marlynn Wei, is a Harvard and Yale-trained psychiatrist, therapist, certified yoga teacher, and author.
Dr. Wei shares her research and insights about yoga in countless publications, and we want to ensure that our community reaps the benefits of her work. Most recently, Dr. Wei published an article on how yoga can be beneficial for sleep, including tips on which practices and poses are most effective. Here’s what she has to say:
Yoga, including physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation, can help calm down a busy mind and get rid of nervous energy. Yoga has both energizing (brahmana in Sanskrit) and calming (langhana) elements, and the combination of the two can help a sense of balance. Yoga also helps you become more aware of the mental and physical states that are preventing sleep.
If you have trouble with insomnia, or if you’re just hoping to get an even better night’s sleep (who isn’t?), here are Dr. Wei’s seven yoga tips for sleeping well:
- Start with self-compassion
- Get in touch with your breath
- Release tension using a yoga breath called Lion’s Breath
- Calm down using forward folds
- Gently stretch your hips
- Try a gentle inversion
- Wind down at the end of your practice with a body scan meditation