Are you not a morning person or your schedule does not allow you to do yoga in the morning? Do you have insomnia, wake up at night, your quality of sleep is poor? Don’t you feel the need to stretch in the morning? Although I strongly recommend that you practice morning yoga, know that you can do your yoga sessions very well in the evening. These two-time slots are ideal for practicing yoga because you can reap a lot of benefits from it. Evening yoga classes allow you to enjoy your gained flexibility throughout the day, relieve accumulated stress, improve your sleep, and more. Find out right away yoga postures to practice in the evening as well as the effects of these postures on your body and your mind.
1. Relieve the stress of the day and eliminate tension with an evening yoga class
There are many factors that can irritate or stress you throughout the day: a traffic jam, a work meeting that turns into a nightmare, a disagreement at work, a complicated end of the month, etc. Doing a yoga class in the studio or doing a yoga session at home is the perfect way to release any accumulated tension . Practicing yoga in the evening will give you the calm and freshness you need so much.
Yoga will force you to focus on your breathing, relax your muscles, and lower your heart rate. This is not only good for you, but also for those around you. We have all been in the presence of a person who comes home from work tense, and who sends us all his bad vibes. I’m sure you probably don’t want to be that person (for yourself and others again). So put on some comfortable clothes, roll out your yoga mat and do some postures (asanas in Sanskrit). You will only be able to appreciate more family moments afterwards. In addition to that, you will also be more productive (f). Yes, fortunately, the day does not end after work (in general and except night jobs…).
Before each yoga session, I advise you to take time for relaxation. In cases of intense stress and nervous breakdown, I also suggest that you practice alternate breathing.
2. Practice stimulating asanas during evening yoga sessions
After a day of working at the office, at home, or even taking care of the children, our mind is not as alert as it was at the start of the day. I mean by that that on a scale of 1 to 10, the level of our will is probably at 4 or 5. We often find ourselves between the desire to do extra-professional activities, and the desire to land on the sofa and doing nothing (when you don’t have to take care of the children or worry about household chores). Practicing yoga in the evening is therefore an opportunity to do stimulating postures, which do not require as much determination as those you practice in the morning. If you feel like it, you can even try new variations or new postures.
We all have our favorite asanas. I want to remember that we should not compare ourselves and that we do not all see the difficulties in the same places. However, I have prepared for you a small list of yoga postures that I practice when I want to have fun (photo below):
- Sirsasana , also called headstand, pear tree or balancing on the head: this posture is an inversion, (the heart is placed above the face
- Sarvangasana is a headstand with both hands supported on the ground. To achieve this posture, the steps are the same as those seen previously for the headstand. The only difference is the position of the arms which are folded, and the hands which are resting on the ground.
- Chakrasana, the wheel: it requires a little stretching and a warm-up before being performed. Indeed, it intensely solicits the back, the shoulders, the flexibility of the throat and the opening of the heart. Get into the pose by inhaling and trying to keep your elbows tight.
- Pincha Mayurasana, the balance on the forearms. This position was a real challenge for me. This is both what made it entertaining. I advise you to try with an elastic band on your arms to start. This will help keep your arms stable so that they don’t slip and you lose your balance.
- Bakasana, the crow pose: this pose requires a little strength, and above all to put your fears aside. To learn how to do this pose,
- S Varga dvijasana , the bird of paradise: this is an advanced yoga pose, but you can achieve the intermediate level by keeping your leg bent. This pose requires balance and flexibility.
Yoga is a physical activity that requires concentration, perseverance and rigor. It is nonetheless an activity that should do you good, allow you to relax and have fun. I always advise you to get on your mat with a slight smile and with envy. It will help you achieve your goals and intentions faster and more effectively. Always respecting the steps of each asana, have fun
3. Do yoga sessions in the evening to take advantage of your flexibility
You will quickly realize that asanas are best done at night. They are more easily performed because your body has been active all day. You are more flexible in the evening than in the morning, which makes performing postures more accessible. Doing a yoga session in the evening is therefore an opportunity to work a little more on your flexibility . Although its elasticity is almost infinite, the muscle is unable to stretch on its own and it needs external action. Once warmed up (especially by your mobility during the day), the muscle stretches even more easily (this is where asanas come in). Take the opportunity to save a few centimeters in your splits, your pigeon posture or your wheel.
4. Improve your sleep with a yoga session in the evening
If you have trouble falling asleep, have trouble sleeping, or just don’t sleep very well, doing yoga at night can improve the quality of your sleep . It can also help you fall into Morpheus’ arms quickly and regain a restful sleep. According to Harvard researchers, sleep is deeper and more peaceful with regular yoga practice. It is in particular the breathing practiced during the sessions that helps to rest the mind and prepare it for sleep. The postures and meditation will help you find a real balance.
I can recommend you some postures such as:
- sustained inversion : lying on your back, lifting your legs perpendicular to the floor and resting your legs against the wall);
- the butterfly posture : lie down on your back with cushions if necessary, bend your legs while leaving your feet glued to each other and to the ground, lower your knees towards the ground.
- the elongated twist : still on the back, bring the thighs against the stomach and leaving the back glued to the ground. Lower both legs bent on one side, then the other.
- the eye of the needle posture : from a four-legged posture, slide the right arm under the left arm until the arm is completely placed on the ground. Mechanically, the left arm also moves forward.
- the child’s posture , Balasana: sit on the knees, lean forward to put the stomach on the thighs and relax the arms along the body.
- the corpse posture , Savasana: lie on your back on the floor, arms at your sides, legs relaxed and feet hanging down only to the sides.
Note that it is also possible to do yoga poses in bed before going to bed . Take the test, do your yoga session before sleeping for several days and see if you feel any improvement. If, however, your schedule does not allow you to do your yoga sessions in the evening, you can very well do yoga in the morning . Discover in the previous link all the benefits of this morning practice. Don’t forget that the most important thing during your sessions is to live in the moment.
You will have understood that doing yoga in the evening has a lot of advantages for both physical and moral aspects.Of course, you have to adapt your yoga sessions to your schedule. However, remember that it’s easy to make excuses not to take the time. We always think we have better things to do than take a few minutes or a few hours for ourselves, but that’s a mistake. It is by being good with yourself that you can be a positive person and full of good vibes for the people around you. Whether in the morning or in the evening, set aside time for meditation, for yoga postures, for breathing exercises for and / or for relaxation. You will quickly get used to it and you may even be able to give yourself this time several times a day afterwards. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. With these words, I wish you future beautiful yoga sessions.