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Best Time to Practice Yoga

You Asked: Is Morning the Best Time to Do Yoga?

Dear Fit,
The holidays are fast approaching, and I wish I loved this time of year but I'm already stressed out about hosting Thanksgiving dinner, what to get for my picky in-laws, and dealing with traveling. I've heard yoga can help people relax, so I wanted to give it a try. A friend of mine says that she does a short session in the morning every day, including sun salutations (whatever those are), and a sequence of standing and seated yoga poses. I'm really not a morning person, but if practicing in the a.m. will help me calm down after realizing a flight to my parents house for X-mas is going to cost over $1,000, then I'm ready to set my alarm early. What do you think, is morning yoga more beneficial?
—Aspiring Yogi

I'm really excited for you to try out yoga because personally it's helped me find inner balance, and I always feel calmer and more grounded after my practice. Although yoga can help relieve stress and tension, it's no free ride to tranquility town. What it can do is help clear your mind, so you're better equipped to handle the frustrations the holidays tend to throw our way. To find out if there's a perfect time to get on your mat

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Many people believe that yoga must be practiced in the morning, but really whatever time works for you is when you should practice. You should not eat for two hours before doing yoga, so that's why many people choose morning yoga before they've had breakfast. They may also like how it gives them some alone time before their busy day begins, and getting it done first thing ensures that they'll have the energy and time to practice. On the other hand, some people may be too hungry or stiff in the morning, or they may not be able to wake up early enough to fit in a complete practice. They may prefer practicing in the evening because it helps relieve stress from their day, and helps them relax before bed.

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So the decision is up to you, and the bottom line isn't what time you practice, it's that you practice period. If you have flexibility (no pun intended) in your schedule, try out a class at different times of the day to discover what you prefer. Keep in mind that certain poses and types of yoga are calming and some are invigorating, so depending on the yoga you choose, you might prefer morning, noon, and night!

All you yogis out there, I'm wondering what time of day do you prefer practicing yoga? Visit the Yoga Stretch and Tell group and share.

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sblighm sblighm 7 years
i do yoga anytime of day!
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
morning is the only time I can do yoga, it sets the mood for the rest of my day, keeps me calm. It's impossible for me to do yoga in the evening or night, I can only cardio or weights at that time. #4 Ravi and Ana's yoga dvds are great! and for pilates I like Windsor!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I like to do a quiet yoga practice in the morning to wake me up and prepare me for the day. Usually at lunch time or mid afternoon (say 4ish), I do Ashtanga yoga (in a class) which gives me energy for the rest of the day and makes me feel revitalized. I can't do Ashtanga past 6, I've noticed it makes me hyper and keeps me from falling asleep at a decent time (9 pm). In the evening, I do a short (20-30 min) Iyengar or Vinyasa session just to stretch out any tightness I feel from sitting at work and to clear my mind before bed. I think find what time/method works best for you!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I like the idea of doing yoga in the morning, but I'm not very bendy that early in the day. I'll do a little after some cardio when I'm feeling more flexible.
erinmarie816 erinmarie816 7 years
are there any yoga/pilates dvd's that you recommend?
hbrown12 hbrown12 7 years
Evening yoga is great after a rough day at work. One thing that my gym offers thats really calming is hot yoga. The warm air really helps you relax. In fact I'm going to a class right now! Enjoy your new adventure in yoga.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I loooove doing yoga in the evenings! It helps me forget about everything that stressed me out at work and it's such a good way to wind down before bed.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
I kinda prefer to do yoga in the evenings during the week, so I can de-stress after a hectic day at work and then get a great night's sleep. I feel a lot more flexible at the end of the day. Plus the thought of getting up at 5:30 a.m. to get in a class before heading to the office scares me too. But on weekends or on a day off, I prefer a late morning class.
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