Struggling from stress and anxiety issues?
Did not find any solution to it?
Not to worry. You have landed at the right article. I introduce to you the “Evening yoga”, read more to find all of the benefits it provides.
Best time to practice
Though yoga can be done during any time of the day, it is best advised to practice it either early in the morning or by early evening. You can practice it at any time of your wish but remember to be consistent with it. Some yoga postures are meant to be energizing and practicing such yoga postures during the dawn can make your body physically fit. It is best advised to do them only in the morning. Also, it is better to strictly avoid doing yoga in the afternoon or after a meal.
On the other hand, some postures are meant to be relaxing and soothing. Those kinds of yoga can be practiced in the early evening. Practicing evening yoga can help you relieve stress. It helps you to keep your mind relaxed and calms your nerves. Defining evening yoga,it is the practice of certain postures to maintain your health by relaxing yourself. Choose a quiet place to do practice yoga if you are doing it in the evening. It drives away the stress and anxiety that’s been troubling you for days.
Different sequences of asana are meant to have a different result but focuses on particular benefits. I can help you relate it to different body parts.
- Bending helps in stretching your muscles and back.
- Exercises that you put in strain on a particular body part strengthens its core.
- Standing poses help in building stamina and maintains your balance.
- Sun salutations create flow and connect your body.
- Balancing postures helps you with concentration.
- Twists detoxify your body.
- The inhale/exhale breathing procedure brings oxygen to the lungs. Hence blood flow is clean.
- Relaxing exercises relieves stress and induces proper sleep.
You saw a quick glance at what benefits can different postures of yoga give. Now let’s focus on what evening yoga does to your body and mind. You will find most of the postures focusing more on stretching your muscles. Because that is what relaxation is.
Benefits of evening yoga
The prior benefit of evening yoga practice is it helps in reducing stress in your mind. You can control your anger or fight away depression with the help of evening yoga. Since it is the end of the day, it also the time for you to end the stress of the day. Yes, let go of all the stressful thoughts that your mind was holding all day.
A stressful mind can lead to sleepless nights. What an irony! Sleepless nights make you less active the next day. So follow and practice evening yoga if you undergo this. Yoga helps you to relax your mind and soul. You will automatically tend to have good sleep.
Deep breathing along with certain evening yoga postures will relax your nerves and calms the nervous system. Follow the proper breathing instructions as per told. This regulates good blood flow and the body gets oxygenated. This relaxes the muscles and hence you can enjoy a peaceful night and pains do not knock your body in the middle of nights.
A stressful mind can also lead to improper digestion. The mind and stomach are connected at a pace. These relaxing techniques will also help you to enhance digestion and perform its function properly. There are other postures that focus on the abdomen stretch and balance. Do them properly to improve digestion.
You would have spent your whole day at work in front of electronics or with some other engaging stuff. Now it’s time for you to stay away from them for at least an hour and focus on your mind and body. Evening yoga is a good choice for it. Staying away from device lights, work stress just to relax your mind is all that your system needs. Give your body what it needs. Spend some quality time.
Another big advantage of practicing evening yoga is that your body captures all the after-effects of evening yoga and reflects it completely. There is no disturbance for the system as it is the end of the day and you can nourish the after-effects fully.
If you are suffering from joint pains or any others, you can also practice evening yoga. It relaxes your body and gives you a good sleep. I will be listing down a few evening yoga poses. Go through them and try following them.
Evening yoga poses
Balasana: This is a very easy posture to make. After finishing their exercise routine, people end their exercise with a child pose. This is so relaxing and easy. All you have to do is sit down on your knees and calves. Bend forward with your hands stretched ahead. Your shoulders and ears should have a considerable gap between them. Close your eyes and breath for 5 to 10 seconds. You can hold this position easily for a long time. Do this posture for 30 seconds with a set of 3 times to get rid of headache. Your lower back will also be benefitted from this posture.
Adho mukha svanasana: Bend forward and touch the floor. Your legs should be away from your hands and form a mountain shape with your body. Place your palm firmly fixed in a place and look back behind your legs. Hold this position as long as you can. Take 5 to 10 breaths in this posture. It stretches your back and calves and strengthens your arms.
Malasana: The squat position in yoga is technically called ‘Malasana’. A very effective posture for digestion problems and fat burning in your thighs. You can also walk sitting in the same posture. Doing this will open your hips and give it a deeper stretch.
Trikonasana: Place your feet away from each other. Bend sideward and try touching the knee on the same side. Repeat the same with the opposite side. Inhale while you bend towards the knee. Hold this posture for a few seconds. Exhale while you come back to the same position. It strengthens your knees and saves you from joint pains in the future. Make your bend parallel to your legs.
Bound angle pose: Sit on the floor. Make your feet touch each other forming a diamond shape. Place your elbows on the floor and join your palms together. Bend down, breathe, and relax. Aim your head towards your feet. If you feel any discomfort, you can move your leg forward and back to find a comfortable posture.
Seated spinal pose
Artha matsyendrasana: Sit on the floor with one leg folded vertically upwards and the other leg stretched forward. Twist your back your outer side of your thigh with the opposite hands. You hug the knee with the opposite hand. A very good stretching exercise for your back and arms. It strengthens your arms. Inhale to lengthen your spine.
Ananda balasana: This posture may seem but needs a little practice. Lie on your back with your knees folded and calves raised vertically. Touch the ankle and there you go. In short terms, I can say, hug your knees. This posture stretches your thighs and relaxes your back.
Savanasa: The easiest of all the postures. End your yoga session with this pose. Just lie on your back. Relax your arms and legs. Feel the flow in each part of your body. You feel the relationship of breath and flow in every part of your body. I would suggest you to listen yoga chants during this pose, it helps you to focus more on them.
Corpse pose (with prop)
This is similar to Savasana, but place any object like a pillow under your knees and rest your calves on them. Stretch your arms rotating your wrist. This will be helpful if you are suffering from joint pains. Place your body with every force and relax your muscles.
These are only a few sequences of evening yoga. Follow a good trainer to know the other sets and their benefits. Usually, most of the evening yoga is more of sitting and stretching. Because bending and other postures energize your workout. But stretching relaxes your muscles and provides calmness to your mind.
Your mental health is more important than anything else in your life. Falling into depression and stress can be very difficult for an individual to come out of them on his/her own. Yoga is the only solution that can bring a person out from depression on his/her own. They relax your mind and provide inner peace. Evening yoga gives you the much needed break from the day by its effective postures. Practice evening yoga regularly to enjoy its benefits.
You should be grateful to your body and mind what for they give us. Show them your gratitude by practicing yoga twice a day. Take of your physical and mental health.