We talk so much about yoga but often don’t discuss the best time to practice it. I am not sure if you know, but there is a whole science that talks about when and where to practice yoga.
Intriguing, isn’t it? And all this while, we have been practicing yoga without knowing any of this.
Also, have you ever wondered why yoga programs are usually featured in the morning slots on TV? There sure must be a reason for it, and there is. Let’s find it below.
When To Practice Yoga?
The day is divided into four parts in the yogic science. They are the Brahma Muhurta, Sunrise, Noon, and Sunset.
If you want to practice yoga as a means to elevate your spiritual being, Brahma Muhurta is the perfect time to practice. But, if you are only looking at physical well-being, sunrise time or sunset time will do.
Noon is not recommended as it is meal time and your body needs a gap of at least 4 to 6 hours after eating to practice yoga so that the food gets digested by then and expends energy. Also, you sweat a lot in the noon because of the heat, and this dehydrates your body.
So, ideally, Brahma Muhurta would be the best time to practice yoga, but it is better to choose a time that is convenient for you rather than being rigid. What is more important is to procure the best from each yoga session and try out different techniques to enhance your experience.
Asanas can be practiced either in the morning or evening on an empty stomach, but make sure that you do not practice challenging asanas that will wire you up just before bedtime. However, in the morning, you can practice them all to unstiffen and energize your body.
Pranayama too, like asanas, can be practiced in the morning or evening, but make sure it is not within two to four hours after a meal. It is an ideal method to keep tension and tiredness at bay.
Whereas, you can practice meditation at any time of the day as long as you are not sleepy, intoxicated, or hyper. An awake and relaxed state of mind is an excellent opportunity to meditate. Also, wait for two hours after having a meal to meditate to avoid feeling dull and drowsy.
Yoga Nidra can be practiced any time of the day, even immediately after meals as long as you don’t fall asleep while you are at it.
Now, that we know when to and when not to practice yoga, let’s find out the best time to practice it.
What Is The Best Time To Practice Yoga?
Dawn is the best time to practice yoga. Brahma Muhurta, which is 3:40 am, is not a practical option for a lot of us. Therefore, according to experts, sunrise time is ideal and practical.
Similar to how you start your day with coffee or tea, do it with yoga. The fresh air in the morning is ideal and helps you prepare for the challenges of the day ahead. And what’s even better is the energy boost you get from the yoga session, which no coffee or tea can beat.
While the poses activate you and make you flexible for the day, yogic breathing stimulates, clears, and energizes your mind. It also keeps you fresh and rejuvenated. Yoga practice in the morning will keep you balanced and not let matters like traffic jams, busy work schedules, or household chores bother you.
Once you wake up, empty your bowels, clean up, and get to practice immediately. This way, you are less likely to skip the practice or get too tired to do it.
In the evenings, these symptoms are more likely because, after a long day at work, you’d rather chill and watch TV instead of practicing yoga. So, get done and dusted with it in the mornings.
Mornings are when your muscles and joints are the stiffest. Yoga stretches and adds flexibility to them, thus helping you be on your toes throughout the day without any difficulty.
Practicing yoga early in the morning is an excellent way to refresh your mind and spirit and get ready to take on the challenges of the day. It will ultimately awaken you and make you embrace the vibrancy of the day.
Also, sweat production is low in the mornings, keeping dehydration of the body much lower. Your clothes too won’t get greasy and slimy.
With so many advantages attached to it, no wonder a lot of traditions consider morning time as sacred.
Now, let’s learn the aspects that work best for a wholesome and holistic yoga experience.
Manner Of Yoga Practice For Best Results
As we discussed, mornings are the best. Sunrise time is specifically recommended. Otherwise, anytime between 5 am to 7 am in the morning would do. This is when you feel active, and the air is fresh. The workout will turn out to be pleasurable.
2. Place Of Practice
Choose a place that is clean and peaceful. It could be in your home or outdoors, like in a park, or even a yoga place. Make sure you are comfortable in the space and can completely focus on your practice.
Avoid practicing yoga in direct sunlight, cold wind, or a place with many insects.
3. Yoga Accessories
Accessories will make your practice smooth and more comfortable. Get yourself a nice yoga mat. A mat that enables you to practice poses as well as meditate comfortably.
A few other equipment like blocks, belts, cushions, and blankets help you ease into the poses better. These come in handy for beginners, the elderly, and those with physical problems.
Make sure you wear medium fit and comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement and help you twist and turn easily.
Remove any accessories from your body like spectacles, watches, and heavy jewelry and keep them aside.
5. Sequence Order
Begin with asanas. Follow it up with Pranayama and then meditate. The order is to prepare your body scientifically to meditate well. Asanas make you physically fit, and Pranayama prepares your mind for meditation. The awareness with each step increases, helping you meditate better.
Depending on the age and ability of the practitioner, individual yoga practice must be designed. Following a standard yoga format is not recommended without consultation.
Do not practice yoga under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicating material.
Those with physical or mental issues or illnesses must first consult their doctor and work with a yoga instructor to avoid any complications.
Let’s now answer some common queries on yoga.
Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions
How long do I practice yoga?
Ideally, an hour or hour and a half are good. Otherwise, spend at least 20 minutes in practice.
How often do I practice yoga?
Practice yoga every day if possible or at least three times a week.
Being able to practice yoga every day effortlessly is the best thing you can do for yourself. But how? A few simple tips and techniques will help, and those mentioned above will come in handy. Make changes to your practice accordingly and get the most out of it. Go for it!
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