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What’s the Best Time of Day to Do Yoga?

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Gina Hodge

Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Traditional wisdom suggests that the best time for meditation and to practice Yoga is during the Amrit Vela-time of ambrosia, just before dawn. This time of day has a certain power and serenity and it is said your senses awaken and rise with the rising sun. It is also a time with the least distractions from routines and no rush to get things done. Also our morning rituals and habits tend to be more regular than any other time of day.

It is also advised to practice yoga on an empty stomach, ideally two to three hours after a large meal, and one to two hours after a lighter one. So the ideal time for most seems to be early mornings, considering uncertain eating times during the day.

Morning stiffness makes practice a bit more challenging, if you haven’t warmed up enough and it is advised to avoid stiffer and “deeper” asanas during this time. Practicing at night limits the kinds of asanas you can do as most stimulate your senses making it difficult to sleep.

Whether mornings or evenings, the most important aspect of a sustained and enriching Yoga practice is consistency and discipline. Most Yoga practitioners preach the benefits of experiencing subtle changes, mentally and physically, from doing yoga at the same time every day. The trick is to do Yoga (lighter asanas) for atleast 10 mins (4-5 asanas) every morning and follow it up with a longer session later in the day. This way missing the evening session (sometimes the morning one) will not derail your routine and you will get at least the minimum benefits from your practice daily, motivating you to stick to your Yoga regimen.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thank you for this great feedback . We totally agree and will start doing this in future articles ...thank you again

Kester Xtreemz John
Kester Xtreemz John 5pts

Nice info always from Ayurveda. But not everyone is from India. So when you use terms from the Sanskrit language, you should also put their English equivalent in brackets. For instance, "Asanas (Postures)" etc. This way, your article gains more attention and in the process helps more people via Ayurveda. Of what use is writing for only the Masters/Gurus out there? Of what use is making an article which only you can understand?

Matthew Robbins
Matthew Robbins 5pts

Best time to do yoga? ALL THE TIME! Yoga is not something you do, it is something you are.

Razia Khan
Razia Khan 5pts

Is there a special exercise or position for GERD (acid reflux )

Barbara Elaine Bo Gutting
Barbara Elaine Bo Gutting 5pts

Everyday in the morning is best the earth energy rises and you flow with it....then you benefit all day.

Bharathy Govindaraj
Bharathy Govindaraj 5pts

As we know in pranayama we inhale,exhale and do kumbaka. At this time our body created by 5 elements panchaboothas electrons create an electric current dew to friction which enriches our lifeforce. Lifeforce is an electromagnetism which travels through out our body like a circuit. We store this electrical energy in our cells through yoga and meditation.

Bharathy Govindaraj
Bharathy Govindaraj 5pts

In Kailash Manassrovar pilgrims says first sunlight is fallen there in the lake. When first. sunlight Touches the electons in panchaboothas a elctromagnetic energy is created,which enrich our lifeforce.

Saranya Gopinath
Saranya Gopinath 5pts

fine...but i have a doubt..during night the amount of oxygen is low in the atmosphere right...???only in the presence of sunlight photosynthesis will take place and oxygen wil be released...so how can it will be suitable for pranayama???

Sridhar Seetharaman
Sridhar Seetharaman 5pts

Early morning since the Cosmic Energy is the maximum and the mind and body absorb the efforts put in.

Saranya Gopinath
Saranya Gopinath 5pts

fine...but i have a doubt..cud u solve it...during night the amount of oxygen is low in the atmosphere right...???only in the presence of sunlight photosynthesis will take place and oxygen wil be released...so how can it will be suitable for pranayama???

Bharathy Govindaraj
Bharathy Govindaraj 5pts

3 to 4 rishi muhoortham. upto 5.30 bramma muhurtham. At these time. Cosmic energy is good. Our body absorbs it when. We unite body and mind at that time

Mageswary Muniandy
Mageswary Muniandy 5pts

5000 years ago tamilan already mentioned as " Brahma muhurtam . 4.30 to 6.00 a.m.