Morning? Evening? Afternoon?
I get this question often and my answer is always the same. It’s totally up to you when you want to do yoga. If you want to do it in the evening then you can do your yoga in the evening. If the morning feels like it would be better for you or fits in your schedule better, do it then.
The only thing I would teach is that there are certain styles and poses that are better suited for certain times of day.
If for you, doing your yoga in the morning is the best option for you then a couple of things that I would suggest a couple of approaches. Look at doing poses that are aimed towards muscle groups in the front of the body and keep things dynamic. When you wake up, I’m going to assume, that you want to get the body moving and feeling great for the day ahead. So keeping the body moving a is a great start to the day with maybe some movement between poses. If you perhaps want a slower more relaxed start to the day, feel free hold some static pose if you would like (don’t pull yourself into crazy advanced poses from the get go, build up). Just be sure to target parts of the body that won’t potentially make you too sleepy for the rest of the day. Long periods in forward folds tend to make us a little bit sleepier.
Getting your yoga/movement/meditative fix in the afternoon can be awesome for breaking up the day. This could be through doing something you really destress in the middle of the day by taking a nice slow moving class. Or even having something a little more challenging that gets the heart rate going. One thing about yoga that I love is that you can adapt it so nicely depending on your mood or time of day, as well as what you want to gain from it on a physical level.
A bit like the morning but in reverse, if you are looking to get your evening wind down time then long holds (something like yin style holds) can be a great way to restore the body after a long day. On the other hand you can also build up a sweat with it being your evening workout (again I would recommend some long holds to finish and bring the body back to a more calm state before bed). As a general I like to keep my evening classes more relaxed, even if I work out a bit, just to help enhance my sleep quality.
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