Yoga for Sleep

Would you like to sleep better?

Perhaps a lot better?  Perhaps you wake in the night and, unable to get back to sleep, you spend hours with thoughts all over the place, or simply twiddling your mental thumbs, wishing you could sleep instead?  Or perhaps you find your head’s buzzing the moment your light’s out.  And oh, to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy your day!

You may have done yoga before or you may be approaching yoga for the first time in the hope of finding some way towards better sleep.

You may even have lots of yoga experience… perhaps you’re even a yoga teacher, successfully helping many others through yoga, and wonder why you still have sleep issues….

This was the case for me when, even after practising yoga for 35 years & teaching for nearly 20 years, I found myself experiencing sleep issues I couldn’t resolve.  I had done a Yoga Nidra Teaching course and found Yoga Nidra invaluable in many ways, and still do.  It helped enormously in buffering my lack of sleep but for me, however, it wasn’t enough.  So, when I chanced across Lisa Sanfilippo’s* training course, then with The Minded Institute, I knew had to do it, for myself and for my students who, more and more, were mentioning problems sleeping.

I found in Lisa’s work, an integrated approach, couched in the relatively new science of sleep.  So, not only was there a comprehensive range of yoga tools but also guidance on which practices to use when to best effect for different sleep issues and, indeed, for different sorts of people.

So, yes, you’ll find, in this approach a lovely sequence of movements to do at bedtime; but for some people, this may not be enough to solve, sometimes deep seated sleep issues.  Or the movements may help for a while, yet not shift the problems in the longer term.

For some of us, a more comprehensive and individual approach is needed, involving different sorts of yoga practices – some movements, some breathing practices, with perhaps some meditation and/ or restorative practices – with an understanding of how they work with the nature of sleep at different times in our lives.  If you are one of these people, you might find you relate to the idea of using these resources, along with your own expertise on yourself, to

…. learn to craft

……….. your own sleep recovery pathway.

*My Yoga for Sleep work brings together tried and tested methods from the work of yoga for insomnia expert & sleep recovery pioneer, Lisa Sanfilippo, who has been researching and developing this work for around 20 years.  Lisa is author of the work Sleep Recovery™ and of the books Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery (Singing Dragon 2019) and Sleep Recovery (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Yoga for Sleep Offerings

I offer different options for exploring Yoga for Sleep: workshops, courses and individual Yoga Therapy for Sleep Recovery sessions.


****A completely online, live Sleep Recovery 5 week course will be starting on 9th February 2022. ****

Please get in touch with me for latest details via

With the current situation, I now offer one to one Yoga for Sleep sessions online as well as 5 week courses and short workshops.

Yoga for Sleep Workshops

Yoga for Sleep workshops can be of different lengths, from one hour pop up workshops to a half or full day in duration.  All offer experiential content as well as elements of the science of sleep and an exploration of ways in which yoga can help sleep.

Afternoon workshops offer a compact, minimal commitment way of finding what yoga has to offer and exploring how, with knowledge of relevant aspects of sleep science, it can help with different sorts of sleep issues.

Day workshops offer an expanded range of practices as well as more specific exploration of how yoga can help with the issues presented at the workshop.

Workshops can be in differing locations: please see below for workshops currently scheduled.  Do contact me if you would like to be included in my emailing list for upcoming yoga for sleep events of all sorts; & if you would like a workshop in your area, please contact me to see what we can do!

Upcoming Workshops

  • I’ll plan live workshops as soon as the Corona Virus situation makes this safe & feasible – do ask to be on my Yoga for Sleep mailing list if you’d like to be kept informed – see contact link below.
  • Online workshops: I plan to develop live online workshops to available from Autumn 2020. Please contact me via the link below if you may be interested in these especially if you have views as to length or format.

Please get in touch to be included in my emailing list for upcoming Yoga for Sleep events of all sorts:~

Yoga for Sleep Courses

Yoga for Sleep courses, spread as they are over a number of weeks, offer a format that is more gradual, allowing both consolidation & progression, session by session.  Courses focus more on the particular issues of the participants than do workshops, and the regular meetings offer more support and encouragement in putting the ideas into practice.

Courses are often set up in response to interest; a day, time & venue are then set to suit would be participants.  Please get in touch if this is of interest or to find if a course is in the offing.

*** Live Online courses ***

Live online courses are now on offer, so please get in touch if this might be of interest so I can take your availability into account: ~

Content of Workshops & Courses

~ the basics of sleep science;

~ practical yoga – movements, breathing practices, meditative & restorative yoga;

~ ways to use the yoga practices to contribute to better rest & sleep;

~ aspects of our lives & ways to weave in particular yoga practices to enhance sleep & improve energy levels during our wakeful day;

~ good self management practices for good sleep.

Some Comments on Yoga for Sleep

Was very relaxing & I liked looking at the holistic aspects of people’s sleep issues. Kerry Smith

really enjoyed the time & space to breathe & relax & also loved the yoga practice – I need to start it again!

…. Opportunity to focus on my specific area of concern, with practical suggestions to attempt to tackle them. A good balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of how helpful yoga can be in tackling sleep issues. Sharon M.


The costs for a workshop or course may vary depending on location & numbers of students.  Please ask for details.

* Where someone’s finances make my standard prices not workable, whether or not any of the usual concessionary categories apply, I ask for a payment that would be workable, with no question or proof needed.

** For courses & individual sessions, I offer a discount of 30% to anyone who has been on a previous workshop or course on Yoga for Sleep, to make it easier to have a refresher of the material, or to work with different issues arising at different times.

This discount would apply to both standard & reduced rates.


More information & booking via or 0131 229 9035

Some Resources


Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery ~ Lisa Sanfilippo A comprehensive manual on Lisa Sanfilippo’s Sleep Recovery Yoga for those who work with others on sleep issues.

Sleep Recovery ~ Lisa Sanfilippo Lisa Sanfilippo’s Guide to Sleep Recovery written for the general public.

Books by Lisa Sanfilippo are available via

No More Sleepless Nights ~ P. Hauri & S.Linde A fulsome book, covering also different sorts of sleep issues. 

Say Goodnight to Insomnia ~ G. Jacobs A very manageable size, this book moves through progressively more involved sleep logs & also has an interesting section on positive & negative thoughts on sleep.  [Note, I cannot recommend the appendix on infant sleep, which seems out of keeping with the tone & approach of the book as a whole.]

This Is Happening, Redesigning mindfulness for our very modern lives ~ Rohan Gunatillake An accessible, wide ranging book, with a myriad ways of bringing mindfulness into life, no matter one’s interest, experience, life patterns & commitments. This book could serve equally as an introduction to the nature & scope of mindfulness & as a lifelong companion to dip into as needed to refresh or deepen one’s use of mindfulness.

Meditation for Busy People ~ Dawn Groves

The Artist’s Way, A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self ~ Julia Cameron Not only for artists, or those who consider themselves creative, this book includes the journaling tool “morning pages” (a nice description of morning pages can be found here: ) as a way of dealing with one’s internal censor.