A lot is said and written about the ancient yoga practices that have been passed over to generations through books written by eminent authors and, in some cases, through word-of-mouth. In recent times, the practice has piqued a lot of interest across the world.
Even in its surging popularity, some of the questions regarding yoga remain highly debated and discussed. The recurring focus on good health and use of natural ways to remain fit attract many patrons frequenting experts with numerous questions, including the best time to do yoga or how often to practice yoga.
If you are learning yoga for the first time, chances are that you would ask if yoga is synonymous with just physical exercises or a set of sitting postures. YouTube videos showing yoga students nailing the perfect triangle pose like a pro – or bending their body to form the downward facing dog posture – have prompted many people to get enrolled in yoga schools or visit yoga retreats. Others still inquire about the best time for yoga and the asanas that should be practiced more than others.
The answer is that there is no good or bad time to practice yoga postures. Moreover, you benefit more from practicing regularly, be it in the morning or evening. You may choose to practice yoga early in the morning or just before going to bed, depending on your convenience. However, the choice of yoga asanas is crucial as per your timings as practicing mind-stimulating postures just before going to bed can disturb your sleep pattern.
Some people schedule their yoga sessions in sync with their professional schedules, while others keep it erratic depending on how much they get to practice. Though there may be a myriad of factors affecting your yoga session timings, you must practice asanas as per your schedule and body rhythm. Some start their day with yoga sessions regularly in the morning to keep their bodies and minds energized. However, for some, yoga is a unique way to unwind after the day’s hard work and consequent stress.
It is a known fact that you would gain more from your yoga sessions in the morning. Various researches surrounding yoga and its benefits have revealed how regular yoga sessions in the morning can help you rejuvenate and keep you energized. Though yoga can be practiced at any hour of the day, the preferred or right time to do yoga is during morning due to the following benefits:
Enhances metabolism: One of the greatest benefits of practicing yoga asanas in the morning is that it enhances your metabolism. While waking up early in the morning for your regular yoga bouts may be difficult, a 30-minute yoga workout can work wonders as it stimulates your metabolic rate for the entire day. Besides, doing yoga on an empty stomach has a relieving effect on your bowel movement; including a few twists and turns in your conventional yoga postures can help improve your digestive system.
Keeps you fit: If you are overweight, a regular session of yoga, especially in the morning, can help. While the various yoga asanas can keep you toned, practicing yoga early in the morning on an empty stomach can relieve you of your weight issues.
Lowers body ache: Wrong sleeping posture resulting in lingering backache or severe neck pain can ruin your day. Try out some yoga asanas to get rid of the pain. Starting your day with meditation or following some particular asanas that involve stretching of the limbs will help you feel better without being dependent on medication.
Solves breathing problems: For those suffering from breathing disorders, morning yoga has a beneficial effect on the lungs. Body stretches, coupled with deep inhalations and exhalations, help expand lungs, thus, resolving breathing problems. Besides, yoga promotes breathing with the nose; this allows more scope for filtering and humidifying the air around for you to breathe.
Early morning routines can be hectic for some people. Committing yourself to a regular yoga session in the morning can be difficult. In that case, you will not regret squeezing in a few hours of evening sessions every week. With no rush to complete the yoga session, time spent on stretching and breathing exercises can help you relax after a long and busy day of toil.
Add to the practice session some twists and turns, forward and backward movements, and inversions – and you will feel energized for the rest of the evening. (Note that you must avoid serious backbends or bow movements during late evening yoga workouts.)
Evening workouts can also help you get rid of unwanted bad habits of snacking or staying glued in front of the television screen for long hours. Replace snacking or sitting for long hours with daily yoga practice, and you will see the fat around your waist melting away.
The key to regular yoga practice is persistence. As mentioned earlier, there’s no particular best time to do yoga. Yoga sessions done during any time of the day are beneficial to both the body and mind. Depending on your biological rhythm, time availability, and changing seasons – you can decide the timing of your yoga practice.
The best approach is to practice yoga twice every day during both morning and evening. However, due to paucity of time, some people practice only once during the day, i.e., either morning or evening. Yoga practice must be regular though one may opt for erratic yoga sessions due to various reasons.
If done regularly, daily yoga sessions can benefit the body, mind, and soul to a great extent. You may start by joining an online yoga class or visit a yoga retreat to learn about different types of yoga and other basics from the experts. The right guidance can help you determine what yoga pose suits your body. Accordingly, you can practice it based on your time availability. At Govardhan School of Yoga, we offer scientifically-designed and certified yoga courses & yoga retreats. Contact us for more information.