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Hatha Yoga for Better Sleep

Beginner I
If you have insomnia or occasionally struggle with sleep, Melissa designed this hatha yoga class for you. Her gentle guidance is perfect for allowing you to let go and completely relax into every pose, making this yoga class for sleep a good way to tackle insomnia and put you in a calm, meditative state of mind before your head hits the pillow. Note: you will need a bolster or a few pillows for this class. Check out our video, 'How To Make Your Own Bolster', located in our blog.
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Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
June 7, 2022
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5
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My second time with this class and it's so relaxing. Thank you again Melissa!

americanbelle
americanbelle
April 3, 2022
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sorry, the music did not work for me . . . too fast, not sleep-undicing

thedynamicintrovert
thedynamicintrovert
February 10, 2021
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Thank-you Melissa for sharing your yoga wisdom. I love this bedtime yoga class and find it helps me sleep deeply.

ElizabethCamacho
ElizabethCamacho
January 21, 2021
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I'm so thankful for this wonderful class. This has become a go-to for me at the end of a long day when I'm tired and want to feel centered and peaceful. Melissa is such a terrific instructor, always weaving compassion and self-care into her classes.

ericsb7
ericsb7
August 16, 2020
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This was the first yoga challenge I have ever completed. It is an amazing 30 day journey. I looked forward to an evening class throughout the day during the past few weeks. Thank you.

sbynum@alumni.lsu.edu
sbynum@alumni.lsu.edu
April 11, 2019
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This class has been the answer to my six year battle with insomnia. After doing this class, I sometimes keep my weighted blanket nearby, and choose to just fall asleep on my mat for the night. I am very thankful and wanted to express my gratitude to Melissa and the DYWM team. I avoided hatha yoga for a long time because I didn't think it was "challenging" enough. I now see how my ego blocked something I desperately needed!

HannahA
HannahA
April 9, 2019
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I really enjoy this class as the end of the day. It is calming and feels great. A great way to unwind.
I'd only add one correction to the narration: it is incorrect to simply equate the sympathetic nervous system with fight/flight/freeze. In fact, the sympathetic nervous system is what wakes us up, keeps us alert, moving, etc. It is only involved in fight/flight when it is over-activated. Likewise, the parasympathetic nervous system does wind us down and move us toward relaxation, but it can also be over-activated and lead to the freeze, depression, etc. Both systems ,when working well ,oscillate throughout the day...like a car being driven; the sympathetic is the "gas pedal" and the parasympathetic is the "brake".
My apologies for being so pedantic, but I'm a trauma therapist and work with this and my clients seem to benefit from learning this information. I hope it's helpful here.
Thank you, Melissa. I always seem to come back to your classes! Namaste.

HannahA
HannahA
April 11, 2019
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Thanks for your response to my longwinded comment Melissa. I'm so glad you found it interesting and helpful as that was my intention in sending it. Many thanks for your work. I've bookmarked several of your classes. I really enjoy your style of leading us through the movements, taking time for the breath, and staying present. What a great website! So glad I found it!
(BTW if you'd be interested I'd be glad to share a title or two of books that you may find interesting about working with people's nervous systems when they're over-activated, etc. ) Namaste

HannahA
HannahA
May 28, 2019
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You might find any of the books by Peter Levine, PhD on Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy interesting, especially Healing Trauma or In an Unspoken Voice. Also Bessel Van der Kolk MD has done a lot of research on yoga and trauma and is a big proponent of yoga. His book is The Body Keeps Score. Again, thanks for your classes. I do them often!

Maralepp
Maralepp
October 5, 2018
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Finishing up a period of extreme stress and being overly busy, it’s hard to figure out how to calm down and sleep. I’ve got this class bookmarked and will return again and again! Namaste.

susan.rae
susan.rae
October 30, 2017
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Perfect.thank you. I made it through the challenge. ready for the next.

clafond
clafond
September 11, 2017
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Beautiful practice, but I actually found the music a bit agitating. I had to turn it off for final relaxation. Thank you for this gentle flow. I feel relaxed and ready for sleep. Namaste.

natithornberry
natithornberry
March 22, 2017
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I just couldn´t open my eyes at the end of this practice. I was so close to actually fall asleep.. Thank you for another great practice Melissa!! Keep up the good work

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
January 30, 2017
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What a relaxing way to end this challenge! Loved this practice! I made it all 30 days! Yippee! And I am continuing...transform your life is RIGHT! Thank you all!

Rbreid73
Rbreid73
January 29, 2017
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Having Melissa's grounding class to start the challenge, and then end the challenge with the better sleep class was just perfect. Thank you Melissa, David and all for the past month's classes. I started the month as a tired, stressed and creaky father of 8 m/o twins. I've ended the month feeling rejuvenated, reenergised and rebooted, ready not only for the challenges that lie ahead with the babies but also the next 330 days of yoga before the next January challenge :)

philmcneal
philmcneal
January 13, 2017
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it just makes sleep so much better! Melissa is the best!

marypatbyamsmith
marypatbyamsmith
January 3, 2017
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What a lovely way to end a day and to prepare for sleep. Thank you Melissa@

b8910
b8910
June 1, 2016
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This class was very relaxing and went to sleep really quickly afterwards.

Thank you!

jasmine-tea
jasmine-tea
May 29, 2016
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Had a fantastic sleep. The foot massage was definitely effective.
Thank you

pheen
pheen
April 24, 2016
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Thank you Melissa - I love your classes. This one is just what I need at the moment to properly unwind before bed.

msmit245
msmit245
March 22, 2016
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I have never slept well, so I am looking for a routine to do before sleep. I hope that this is it. Thank you for your lovely videos.

Wiste
Wiste
February 13, 2016
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I hadn't done yoga in over a year before doing this video because of some severe health issues. It was the perfect amount of relaxation and stretching. I'm hoping making this part of my nightly routine will ease the pain and help me relax so I can fall asleep quickly.

JCCraves
JCCraves
February 10, 2016
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Thanks for another great routine. Bookmarking this one.

nena2006
nena2006
February 9, 2016
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A session completed to relax, release its muscles, to relax completely. Perfect before bed but also after a very an intense sporting session to calm the aches ! Thank you :)

MADSISLIEF
MADSISLIEF
January 29, 2016
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Super, very original and well thought out beginners class. Happy to see the toe weaving in here. It's my favorite thing to add in beginners class.

Yogita
Yogita
January 24, 2016
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I haven't been sleeping well and this is just what I needed ... Very calming voice, movements, and reminders to stay relaxed and practice safely. :)

naturebreath
naturebreath
January 23, 2016
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Let my tears reflect the sunlight
of broken dreams
whispering names of a new identity
@Miriyam

bestmschristine
bestmschristine
January 20, 2016
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I loved this routine! I was so relaxed by the end that I was startled when she started speaking again.

breathingin
breathingin
January 19, 2016
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Beautiful, soothing video. Thank you so much for making this.