Sleep deprivation seems like such a minor issue; hence most of us tend to neglect it. But if I told you that prolonged sleepless nights could jeopardize your mental health and lead to more health problems, would you take it seriously? Read on to understand how you can keep calm and fight the anti ‘Z’ monster.
According to Helpguide, youths and adults need 8 to 9 hours of sleep on average. “Working, socialising and commuting are the main reasons Singaporeans stay awake past bedtime,” stated by National Medical Research Council Singapore
But why practice yoga for better sleep? Yoga stirs up the nervous system in the brain. These techniques enhance blood circulation to the sleep centre in the brain to help establish sleeping routines. Some yoga practices include deep breathing, which increases the intake of oxygen in the body providing soundness for the metal state. Falling asleep will be faster and sweeter after yoga as it relieves stress, tension and fatigue.
I managed to meet with one of the instructors at Meraki Yoga, Yen Then. Yen Then has been a yogi for over half a decade. She shares and inspires me with her yoga journey.
Why did you take up Yoga?
I used to have an eating disorder, when I was 15-16 years old. It was very bad for health to keep up with this lifestyle, so I gave yoga a try. I had my first hot yoga session, and I perspired a lot. Initially I joined yoga to get fit and muscular but every time after yoga, I’ll feel very calm and peaceful and it also deepens your breadth. My life was really changing so I thought to myself “maybe I should venture more into this yoga thing.”
How was your teaching training?
I have been practicing for almost 5 years and I started teaching yoga only last year. I went to Rishikesh, India for a month of teacher training to be immersed in the whole yoga experience. You won’t get this exposure here in Singapore.
What advice can you give to yoga beginners?
Over time, you can accept who you are and embrace yourself. Especially when you look into the mirror, you will learn to acknowledge yourself as everybody has his or her own strength and weaknesses.
Besides these stretches is there a less intense method to help relax the body?
Just sitting down with your eyes closed, a lot of people cannot sit still. The corpse pose also helps to relax the body and mind. You got to listen to your own breathing and relax in that position. Learn to let go.
How else can you achieve better sleep apart from yoga?
Have a lighter dinner like eating soupy stuff and don’t forget to drink a lot of water.
The yoga scene in Singapore is quite prominent these days. You can easily gain access to yoga classes at community centres and yoga studios across the country! You can check out Stretchcity.com for awesome yoga deals and happenings!
Once again we would like to thank Meraki Yoga for hosting us.
Written by Charity Chan
Charity is a writer contributing her works for SportSanitySG. She is currently studying in Ngee Ann Polytechnic - Mass Communications. You will be amazed by her enthusiasm towards anything fitness. Her passion includes, working out at the gym, rock climbing, travelling and enjoying good food with great company.
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