Best time of day to do Yoga

by Melissa West on

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Dear Melissa, Is there a better or worse time of the day to do yoga? The most uncluttered time in my day is early morning – from about 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. At that time of day, however, some more exertion-full poses seem too extreme, e.g., bow pose, frog, that sitting between your heels one, and upward facing dog. Doing yoga later in the day, however, does not work as well because the outside world intrudes and pretty soon it is 6:39 p.m., time to cook dinner! My husband and I are in our mid-50s to mid-60s – perhaps younger practitioners don’t have this problem. Thank you. Pam

Great question! I already did a video on this because it has come up before. Here’s the video

Basically the short answer is, practice at the best time of day for you.
If 5:30-7:00 a.m. works best for you, work with the fuller poses in a way that works in your body at that time of day, modify them to work in your body. I agree at that time of morning my body is also more stiff and it takes a while to limber up – so I might not go as far in a pose or even choose to do those deep poses like wheel at that time of day. For bow pose try 1/2 bow, for frog don’t go as deep, that sitting between your heels one – again don’t go as deep, and upward facing dog, try a baby cobra instead.
I’ll make a video about this too, because I think it is a good question.

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