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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Dec 9, 2020


Insomnia can be a frustrating situation that has real ramifications for your health, but the good news is that there are yoga tools that you can use to help you get the restorative rest you need. 

Pamela Stokes Eggleston is here to share her expertise so you can get the sleep you need.  She is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), a published author, stress management consultant, wellness and resilience expert, national speaker, and sleep wellness coach.

She is the founder and director of Yoga2sleep and co-founder of Retreat to Spirit.  She is a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga Veterans and a contributing editor for the forthcoming Yoga and Resilience, Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma book. She has a master of science degree in yoga therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health and you can find her work on the apps, Insight, Timer, and Meditation Studio by Gaiam.


3:42 Pamela’s journey through insomnia

7:32 Covid and insomnia

9:02 Compassion for yourself and whether you should nap or not.

10:40 Types of insomnia

11:50 Alcohol and sleep

13:04 Why you might be waking up tired

13:54 Stages of sleep

15:57 Health repercussions of not getting good sleep

16:33 Pamela describes a scary event when she was sleep deprived

“Nap is not a way of necessarily catching up, but really just recognizing that the body is exhausted and really giving the body what it needs in that moment.”

18:51 Yoga Nidra as a tool for sleep

23:22 The importance of sleep hygiene

29:58 Sleep deprivation and hormones

“Move to be still in the evening. Move so you can get that energy moving and whatever, so that you can relax and be still, when you need it in the in the evening.”

31:35 Essential oils and sleep

33:37 Breathwork for sleep

34:42 Movement in bed

37:01 Meditation as an intervention

“You don't have to make this really hard, but the practice is doing that every day. It's a practice and really being consistent, not doing it once in a blue moon.”

41:06 Pamela shares a small meditation

46:30 Self-care as community care

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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.