Listen to your body

Yoga is all about listening to our body, we all know how to tell if we feel tired, sore, energetic or relaxed. Once you know what your body is signaling, you can make your yoga practice a lot more enjoyable and beneficial. Choosing when is the best time to do yoga shouldn’t be a tough decision because if you are not a morning person, then it’s obvious that you will NOT get up at 05:30 AM to do your morning yoga routine. If you have to go to work early in the morning then it will be very difficult for you to find time in the morning to exercise. But don’t worry because yoga can be done at any time on an empty belly.

I’m Morning Person

I am defiantly a morning person, my ideal ‘waking up’ hours would be together with the sun as it rises and lights up my bedroom. Though unfortunately sometimes I go to bed late at night and find it very difficult to wake up with the sun, at those times my alarm clock would be set to 06:30-07:00 (which may still be considered early for some people). If you would personally ask me when is the best time to do yoga I would have to say in the morning because for me the morning is the beginning of the day and if I can start it with ease and happiness then I will be off to a good start. After I wake up, wash my face, brush my teeth, take my yoga mat to my perfect yoga spot and start with a few breaths to begin my day with a big smile 🙂 .

Whatever Works Best For YOU

If you are like me and like to wake up early in the morning or if you have small children that need to get ready for school, I would definitely suggest scheduling to do your yoga practice in the morning before you do anything else, before you wake up the kids and even before you eat breakfast (you can still brush your teeth if you like), it will give you a great boost of energy and let you start your day with good vibes and a feeling of joy.

If you are an evening (or maybe even a night) person or you are at work most of the day, finding a quiet time in the evening is a great time to get on your mat. Practicing yoga in the evening after you had a long day at work is a great opportunity to relax and relieve all the tension you may have accumulated during the day.

When is the best time to do yoga
When is the best time to do yoga

Create a Habit

Whether you decide to practice yoga in the morning, afternoon or evening try to create a habit out of it. At the beginning, it will be difficult but after you stick with it for enough time (66 days as said in this research) you will start seeing and feeling the real advantages of making yoga a habit.

… habit-forming processes transfer to the everyday environment, and suggest that habit-formation advice offers an innovative technique for promoting long-term behavior change.

Don’t Exceed Your Limits

You are the one that knows your body best, whenever you get to the edge of your pose where you feel you can’t stretch any further, STOP. Don’t go over that edge and instead stay in the position that is most comfortable to you, you don’t have to make the perfect pose to look like in the pictures. I used to do that a lot, trying to make my poses look like the perfect pictures but it only ruined my yoga experience because I got frustrated that I didn’t look like the professionals online. So I started listening to my body and you should too, just listen to your body, smile and enjoy the practice.

The most important thing to remember is that yoga is a wonderful gift that you can give to your body morning and evening, there isn’t a “winning formula” and there is no right or wrong. I always remind myself to listen to my body, if I wake up in the morning and feel that I can’t get to a specific pose then I ease my body and try to make my practice as comfortable as I can without creating unnecessary pain.

I would love to hear when YOUR best time for yoga is?

Let me know in the comments below.

Paulina

22 thoughts on “When is the Best Time to do Yoga”

  1. So glad you talked about being a morning person. I am definitely a morning person too! I wake up at around 5:30am.

    This would honestly be a great time to do some yoga considering it is usually super relaxing. I love waking up with the sun and it creates the perfect ambiance for some morning relaxation before diving into the hustle and bustle of the day.

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this. I will most definitely be giving it a shot at different times of the day to see what works best for me.

    🙂

    1. That’s great! Although I am a morning person, sometimes I like to do some yoga in the evening and it feels good. I think everyone should try yoga even for 10 minutes, no matter what time it is 😉
      Paulina

  2. Hi Paulina,

    Another great post, thank you. I am a morning person too however on Mondays I do a restorative practice and find it really calming and peaceful. It is a combination of yoga and meditation.

    Its a bit like meditation time wise for me. I like doing them both morning and night.

    Keep up the great work 🙂

    Kev

    1. Hey Kev,
      It great that you can meditate in the morning and in the evening! I usually am so tired that I once falled asleep while trying to meditate, and since then I decided to meditate when I am AWAKE haha! 🙂
      Paulina

  3. I do not really have my best time for yoga yet! You see, I think that I am about to follow your instructions and start practicing yoga in the morning to see how it goes! Then I will decide if I could do that and make it a routine! I just wanted to ask you if it is possible to practice sometimes morning or sometimes evening? I mean what if I sleep late or I feel so tired in the morning, is it possible to practice yoga in the evening?
    Best wishes,
    Rebecca!

    1. I think that there is no specific ‘rule’ about when is the best time to do yoga, some people prefer to practice in the morning and some in the evening. As long as you are doing some sort of movement, that is great! If you have 10 minutes to spare you can try doing simple beginner poses like the Tadasana (Mountain Pose). I hope that helps, I believe you should try yoga without any restrictions regarding ‘the best time’.
      Paulina

  4. I believe all depends on what is your objective. If you are practising Yoga as a workout, any time that it’s convenient to you will work. However, there are reasons why people practice Yoga and meditation at the sunrise or sunset. It’s to be more tuned with the natural cycles of nature, which helps to calm your mind and focus. I love the morning practice. It’s hard to get up sometimes, but every time I do I feel much better afterwards. Namaste!

    1. You’re right Marta and many times I hear people say they can’t practice yoga because they don’t have time in the morning, so I think its important to say that also practicing in the evening is fine 🙂 I would like to encourage people to try yoga without thinking of any limitations.
      Paulina

  5. I got to work on getting in the habit. I tend to skip a few days. I’m better though. Thanks for all you help.

  6. Dear Paulina,
    I love how you organized your site and it’s not too messy. You have very clear information about time and when you think yoga is best for you! You probably have a lot of patients in the morning because I’m not a morning person. It’s very hard for me to wake up exactly when I want to wake up. I had some classes in my Physical Education class, and I have tried to do it at home. But it didn’t really work because I procrastinate a lot. Would you recommend any websites or youtube videos?

  7. I found your article so true… I was always trying to find the right time, but because of my daily routine changes sometimes I just couldn’t. So I decided to bring my yoga mat to a convenient spot and whenever I felt that my mind (and body) are free, I just did some yoga and stretching!

    1. That’s great! If you can take your mat with you wherever you want, finding the right time and space throughout the day can really give you a scene of freedom.
      Paulina

  8. I did not think there was the best time to do yoga! And it turns out I was correct. I have learned a lot just by reading your article. My partner wants to get into yoga and she is actually a morning person, so I wonder if she’ll want to start doing this in the a.m, haha. It will be interesting what she has to say when I send her to this article. Thanks a lot for the great write-up 🙂

    1. Hey Brandon, I love morning time for yoga. Maybe you guys could start out by doing 10 minutes every morning after brushing your teeth, it’s totally fine to start with something easy just to get the feeling of it.
      I’d love to hear if you decided to do it 🙂
      Paulina

  9. Hey great pick on the niche 😉
    I really like your site so far and the blog is looking great. I really like the post “When is the best time to do yoga”. You have some great tips, Listening to your body is a good one, I have learned I am best to do my practice at night as it is quiet and it helps me sleep.
    Thanks, and yes let keep each other inspired!
    Krista

    1. Hey Krista, practicing yoga at night is also wonderful as you said you can get a good night sleep 🙂
      Paulina

  10. I wish to learn the 5 minutes yoga a day, but I am not an early bird. I sleep late due to learning and working at the same time plus family commitment. I prefer to do at night before I sleep, is that ok.?

    1. Hey Jamin, that is totally fine because yoga is very personal and you should practice whenever you feel is a good time for you, even a 10 min yoga practice with simple poses can do a whole lot good for your body.
      I would say go for it and enjoy!
      Paulina

  11. I really required to read this article.
    I have always procrastinated from doing Yoga coz I couldn’t get that early and found it pointless to do later but this article has shown me the other side of the coin.

    Obviously, something is better than nothing.

    Thanks!

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