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.
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.