Fitness newcomers and veterans alike, claim they are reaping of incredible health benefits from just a few minutes of yoga whenever their schedule allows it. Whether for the purposes of muscle relaxation, bodily discipline, or simple introspection, the millennia old practice of yoga improves the overall health of everyone who practices it. Yoga has a following of almost twelve million souls in the U.S. alone. One of the most common questions regarding the eastern exercise is whether the health benefits are more pronounced during the night or day hours.
The long and the short answer to this query is that practicing yoga during both times of day has its pros and cons, and preference vary by individual. Most practitioners seem to prefer engaging in yoga in the early hours of the morning, when their bodies are at peak performance levels and their energy is fresh. They see it as excellent preparation to face the trials and tribulations of the day ahead in a healthy way with a renewed mind and body.
An alternative school of meditation argues that practicing yoga an hour or two before bedtime is better for your health because it is instrumental in allowing for an unbroken night of rest. A condition experienced to varying extents by a third of American adults, insomnia, adversely effects the sleep patterns of millions, therefore negatively affecting overall health. Various yoga poses exist to aid specifically in encouraging a restful night’s sleep and preparing the body for its impending dormant state. The combination of muscle relaxation, mental equilibrium, and rush of feel-good chemicals associated with yoga can prove one of your best allies in health when it comes time to hit the hay.