Swami Says…….Getting To Sleep

Ok! You wake  in the middle of the night and you can’t back get to sleep. You eat the right foods at the right time, go to bed at a reasonable hour. You’ve got to be out at 6:00AM and yet here you are.

Eyes wide open.

Or you go  to bed yet sleep ain’t happening. He’s on your mind. Your frantic about the audition tomorrow. Or the person you have a fight with is dominating your head space.

You’ve got to sleep

To quote George Gershwin, “What to do? What to do? What to do?”

“Breath first. Imagination second!” Swami replies.

Pranayama practices and Ujaayi breathing are not just limited to a yoga practice. They can be done anywhere and at anytime. Ujayyi breathing is key for the reasons why it is used in in a yoga practice.

1) It pulls focus by giving you a sound that you can listen to and on which you can concentrate.

2) Balanced, conscious breathing soothes the CNS (central nervous system).

3) It’s fun when you realize it works.

Swami says this……

As you lie in bed, intend to breathe ujayyi for 100 breaths. Begin to breathe slowly counting each breath. If you find yourself having lost the breath count, go back to 1 and begin again.

The goal is not to reach 100. The goal is to go to sleep. In the going back to 1, you establish game rules and self discipline. Our brains like this. After 3-4 rounds of this, you may find yourself drifting off to sleep and then waking to continue the count. No worries! Reset to 1. You’ll probably go to sleep during the next count.

I would find that I would either begin to see or create random images in the frontal lobes of my brain. These images could be very absurd or illogical. They would bleed into different images and forms. I’d slip into this phase as easily as slipping on a pair of pants, surprise myself by finding myself here, and noting that sleep was just a few seconds away!

Your breath is a tool for empowerment. Use it!

High love and yeehah!

One Comment

  1. Kathy
    Posted October 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Very timely of you! I just had a night of less than optimal sleep, used my breathing and relaxing techniques to advantage and had pretty good next day.
    I like your optimism and technique and will give it a go!

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