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What Is The Right Time To Practice Yoga?

Reviewed by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Nichole Dandrea, MS RDN
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What Is The Right Time To Practice Yoga? November 1, 2018

We talk so much about yoga but often don’t discuss the best time to practice it. But did you know the time of practice has a lot to do with the effectiveness of yoga? Intriguing, isn’t it?

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 may sweat more during the noon hour because of the heat, which could dehydrate 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 be careful not to practice challenging asanas that energize you just before bedtime. It might be ideal to practice all asanas in the morning to loosen and energize your body.

Pranayama, like asanas, can be practiced in the morning or evening, but best to not practice pranayama within two to four hours after a meal. Pranayama is a great way to energize the body through breathing.

You can practice meditation at any time of the day, ideally when you are not sleepy, drinking alcohol, or feeling 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 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.

What Is The Best Time To Practice Yoga?

Sunrise 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, start it with yoga, making it a regular morning practice. Breathing in the fresh air in the morning is ideal and helps you prepare for the challenges of the day ahead. What’s best about a morning yoga routine is that you get an energy boost that Wno 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 help you to calmly manage traffic jams, busy work schedules, and household chores.

Once you wake up, it’s best to empty your bowels, brush your teeth and start practicing. This way, you are less likely to skip the practice or feel too tired to do it later in the day
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 with ease.

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, preventing dehydration.

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

  1. Timing
  2. Place Of Practice
  3. Yoga Accessories
  4. Clothing
  5. Sequence Order

1. Timing

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As we discussed, mornings are the best. Sunrise time is specifically recommended. Between 5 am to 7 am in the morning is best. This is when you feel active, and the air is fresh.

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2. Place Of Practice

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Choose a place that is clean and peaceful. It could be in your home or outdoors, like in a park, or even a yoga space. 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 that could distract you from the practice

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3. Yoga Accessories

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Accessories will make your practice smooth and more comfortable. Get yourself a nice yoga 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.

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4. Clothing

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Make sure you wear medium fit and comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement and help you move easily.

Remove any accessories from your body like glasses, watches, and jewelry.

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5. Sequence Order

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Begin with asanas, followed by Pranayama and meditation. The order is to prepare your body for meditation. Asanas prepare you physically, and Pranayama prepares you mentally for meditation. The awareness with each step increases, helping you meditate more effectively.

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Cautions

Depending on the age and ability of the practitioner, individual yoga practice must be designed for the individual. Following a standard yoga format is not recommended without consultation.

Being able to practice yoga daily is ideal. But how? Following the above tips may help. Get started today and start feeling the benefits of yoga!

Let’s now answer some common queries on yoga.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long do I practice yoga?

Whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour, moving the body through a yoga sequence is beneficial.

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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