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Yoga for Insomnia & Sleep Recovery: a Therapeutic approach to better sleep
Lisa discovered yoga in the late 1990s as a way to combat crippling insomnia. She put together a set of practices for herself that helped strengthened her then-delicate immune system. Her jangled nervous system calmed. New insight began to emerge: it was the start of her own process of awakening.
Like a ‘canary in the coal mine,' sleep problems often alert us that something is wrong. That we need to make changes in our lives because some aspect of life is out of balance. Lisa’s uniquely holistic approach to insomnia and better rest have helped hundreds of people in London and beyond to sleep better for nearly a decade.
Her programmes and individual sessions are founded on a scientific understanding of sleep, nearly two decades of experiential research into the varied approaches on offer, and compassion for the individual’s journey. There is often no single solution. A multi-faceted understanding of what prevents us from sleeping or causes insomnia helps us to choose the practices that can shift the underlying patterns. Through Lisa’s programme, you’ll create better sleep habits and practices each day that enable profound change. You'll start with basic skills and tools and build over time. The process requires patience- but for those who follow the programme it is nothing short of revolutionary.
When these sleep-skills are learnt early in life, there can be been tremendous success. Lisa’s youngest yoga for sleep recovery student- 12 year old Amber from West London, struggled to sleep for her whole life- and it was worsening as school demands escalated. She learned Lisa’s core techniques for conquering insomnia in one session. Amber was asleep by the end of the 90 minutes and months on, her mother, a regular student of Lisa’s public classes, reported that Amber now sleeps very well.
Yoga Therapy for Insomnia
Lisa Sanfilippo developed a Yoga Therapy continuing professional development programme which she first offered with the Minded Institute for several years. She developed a new version of Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery training in collaboration with YogaCampus and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Shivanthi Sathanandan. This two-track training enables people suffering from insomnia to participate in a 2 day intensive to address their sleep issues, and offers qualified yoga teachers and qualified health practitioners a credential to offer her yoga therapy approach in their own professional work.
Lisa offers introductory seminars, multi-week courses, and individually tailored consultations/ programmes for those wishing to have more personal support over time. She is available to address groups by invitation or can be engaged for a consultation.
Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery Course -
*Yoga for Sleep Recovery Trainings are currently offered via Yogacampus in London and Manchester*
This 5 day course offers a yoga therapy approach to managing insomnia. Lisa Sanfilippo’s Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery is a unique synthesis of simple, essential yoga based knowledge, tools and resources to help people to sleep better, recover from insomnia and feel more alert.
The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy sleep through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as an informal assessment on the final day. Each day will include a practice of the techniques being learnt, including asana (hatha and restorative), pranayama, meditation, and more so that you have direct experience of all the practices that you are offering to others.
The course will address the following topics: • Trouble getting to sleep • Waking in the middle of the night • Waking too early • Sleeping too short or too long • Daytime exhaustion
Course Prospectus To download a full copy of the course prospectus please click here.
Certification You will receive a Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery Certificate and will be eligible for listing in the online directory of Yoga for Sleep Recovery Specialists upon satisfactory completion of a knowledge assessment on the final day of training.
Eligibility Open to existing yoga teachers and to trainee yoga teachers so long as you have some experience of teaching. Also open to existing yoga therapists or yoga therapy students. If you fulfil this requirement you can book the course online and DO NOT need to complete the application form.
We also will consider applications from general health practitioners who have an established yoga practice. In this case you must complete the application form and email it to email@example.com for approval before you book onto the course.
1. Yoga to sleep better tonight Practise the simple super sleep sequence atsupersleepyoga.com – it takes 10 minutes or so before bed, and improves your ability to get to sleep and the quality of your sleep once you drop off.
It starts by activating a calm breath and stretching the spinal nerves. It then continues to grounding poses, and releases tension in the ribcage and torso, initiating the relaxed body posture that allows the brain to change from ‘tension and stress’ to ‘rest and sleep’ mode.
2. Embrace the 3.00pm slump Practice powering down when you’re tired! You’ll retrain your brain and body to follow the tiredness cue with rest or sleep rather than a stress response. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on the sensation (temperature, texture, feeling) of the breath inside your nose. Don’t try to control your breath but observe it. Allow thoughts to pop up and returning simply and without strain to your breath. Do this for 10 minutes every afternoon, and it not only gets easier but more effective as you are conditioned to respond to the rest time. This breath meditation instead of a coffee or chocolate bar boosts your energy and productivity sustainably, so you actually sleep better at night.
3. Mop up after a bad night’s sleep? To sweep away a rocky night’s sleep, do this restorative yoga pose for 10 minutes before starting your day: Use an ambient track, like the ones on Moby’s free download ‘Sleep.Rest’. Put your legs up on a chair, with the shins resting on the seat. Make sure your lower back has a natural curve, and adjust yourself so that the crease where your legs meet your torso is relaxed. Allow your palms to face upwards and relax your arms by the sides of your hips whilst your head rests back on the floor. This gentle inversion is both deeply relaxing and restoring,‘putting energy back on the grid’when you feel depleted.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Super Sleep Yoga Course which Lisa has developed then please go to http://supersleepyoga.com