Deadlines at work. A breakup (ugh). A serious addiction to How to Get Away with Murder. Plenty of things in your life are gunning to get in the way of a good night’s sleep. And—in case you missed the news—that’s not a good thing since tossing and turning all night long doesn’t do your overall health any favors (in addition to how groggy you feel the next morning).
The next time counting sheep just won’t cut it (in other words, every night), turn to this 10-minute flow from certified yoga instructor Brett Larkin. Full of gentle twists, relaxing stretches, and deep breaths, this beginner-friendly routine is designed to help your mind wind down and prepare your body to fall asleep fast, no matter how frazzled you’re feeling.
To get the most out of this sequence, dim the lights first (and put away that iPhone!). Practicing in a darkened room will help your body know it’s time to relax. You can also try lighting candles or using essential oils (we like lavender), but that’s not required. Now pick some comfy PJs and get ready to catch some zzzs. Sweet dreams!
Brett Larkin teaches vinyasa flow yoga at top San Francisco studios and on her YouTube channel, where thousands of students have studied with her for more than 5 million minutes. Find free yoga playlists, yoga teacher training tips, and free dance, yoga, and meditation classes at BrettLarkin.com.