sleepwhisperer podcast009 – Yoga The Right Way For Better Sleep with Claudia Saalmueller
Sleepwhisperer Podcast

009 – Yoga The Right Way For Better Sleep with Claudia Saalmueller

Claudia Saalmueller is a yoga and performing arts teacher. She studied at the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance and holds a master degree of theatre sciences and education from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. Although dancing has always played a major role in her life she was searching for something calming and relaxing for her body and her mind. She found it in her yoga and meditation practice. She became an RYT 500 with the American Yoga Alliance, after finishing her teacher training in Vinyasa Flow at Airyoga Munich and in Rishikesh, India. Claudia is also specialized in teaching children and teenagers and Yin Yoga which she studied with Jo Phee at the Balance Yoga Institute Frankfurt Main.


I’m talking to Claudia about the right form of yoga for better sleep! I always joke that when I started teaching yoga two decades ago, yoga was not the sexy profession that it is today. Most people thought that yoga was boring. Fast forward a decade later, suddenly yoga was everywhere. Ranging from beer yoga to hot yoga and power yoga, everyone was trying to create a new form of yoga that identified with them personally rather than the age old ancient science that it is. Even today, we continue to have yoga explode into different forms, but are they all as good as they claim? Could your yoga practice be destroying your sleep? What’s the right form of yoga to restore sleep? Two yogini have an exciting conversation over this! 

In this episode, we dive into: 

“Right Form Of Yoga For Better Sleep”

Claudia’s story and how did her interest in Yoga happen? 

I’ve been teaching yoga for two decades now and your interest is in yin yoga. Claudia and I share a similar view of yoga based on this. Let’s talk about different forms of yoga today, and how some forms of yoga might not be the right fit for someone struggling with poor sleep.

Results of research studies indicate that older adults practicing yoga regularly had better overall sleep quality, less episodes of disturbed sleep, took less time to fall asleep, less day time dysfunction, less use of sleep medications and also felt more rested and energetic in the morning. What are the reasons for this profound impact? 

Yoga is powerful in relieving stress and unwinding the nervous system. How does yoga actually do this and what kind of asanas and practices really work on the nervous system.

What is yin yoga? What are the profound characteristics of this form of yoga that actually target better sleep?

I recall the phrase that one hour of yoga nidra is equal or even better than 4-5 hours of better sleep. This is why I advice someone who has sleep very badly but has a hectic day ahead, to do an hour of yoga nidra. How does yoga nidra really support better sleep or even help improve energy on a day after very poor sleep?

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Thank you all for enjoying the Phytothrive journey. It’s time to say goodbye to it.

When Phytothrive began many years ago, my focus was purely on Functional Medicine, and I felt entrusted to share the knowledge of this in India, where it was quite unknown. Since then, I have gone through a process of unlearning and relearning, both professionally and personally.

I very much knew that the true essence of healing lies in India, the sacred land of yoga and Ayurveda. This inner discovery shed the light of needing to come back to the source where I began more than two decades ago, which was within the magical space of eastern ancient wisdom. I will be doing this on this very account which is now @ohahealth

Since then I have fully integrated Ayurveda and Functional Medicine, and my work has taken a new expression. I hope you will be with me and watch it unfold as Oha.

Oha is a word from The Rig Vedas, in Sanskrit with profound meanings including knowledge, excellence and the ability to bring things closer.

A new journey begins with this letting go and releasing, while embracing something new, and brings forth the promise of a whole lot more. I pray you will continue to be a part of this new journey!

Book Acquisition by HarperCollins India

Here’s that exciting news I spoke about to coincide with the one year anniversary of The Sleep Whisperer Podcast! Writing a book and becoming part of that magical group of authors is a dream!

Three years ago I wrote a book which I titled Sleep Whisperer, looking at sleep from a very in depth perspective, and tying together the cutting-edge science of functional medicine and eastern ancient wisdom. The story of how I wrote that book is indeed magical and a mixture of spiritual guidance and astrology(by my spiritual guide and mentor Shyam @himalayan.yogi ). It’s also been a lot of sacrifice and hard work during times that were stressful, challenging and testing in all ways.

The journey of the book from concept to acquisition is also a magical path which I will share much later. For now, I’m just humbled, grateful and quite simply excited to announce that the book has been acquired by Sonal Nerurkar @sonal_nerurkar of @harpercollinsin HarperCollins India! Sonal’s faith in the book has been unwavering and I’ll forever be grateful for it. I can’t wait for the final book release next year!

None of this would be possible without the trust, hard work, dedication and patience of my most beautifully warm literary agent Jayapriya Vasudevan @jayapriyavasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency. I cannot put into words what her belief in the book and being my warrior for it means to me.

I’m also deeply grateful for the dear colleagues and mentors who have made contributions to the book. That is a surprise for later! You can follow everything about the sleep podcast and book at @mysleepwhisperer

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