The student asked, “When is the best time to practice yoga?”
And the wise teacher replied, “Yes.”
Is there ever really a BAD time to do yoga? No. Yoga is good any time of day. This is truth for most of us who have spent even a little time on the mat. We learn it through our lived experience, and the benefits are many. These are just a few examples:
Sunrise yoga is available to you every day.
You just roll out of your bed and onto your mat. A practice based on sun salutations is an obvious way to greet the day and kick start your energy. A routine that incorporates breath practice is also excellent as it helps to expel old, stale air from the previous day, and clear space for a new day. Completing your practice with a brief (or not-so-brief) period of meditation will put you in a state of calm focus.
Sunrise yoga starts your day fresh and alert, from a centered and intentional place.
Sounds amazing, right?
If you are not in the habit of getting up for sunrise yoga, but you want to begin reaping all the amazing benefits of starting your day with calm focus, open mind, and an energetic body, we’ve got you covered. Santosha offers Sunrise Yoga on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:00 a.m. Three amazing teachers (Katy, Liana, and Kari), and a slew of regulars will greet you warmly, even on these chilly fall mornings. After a week or two, you’ll begin to make Sunrise Yoga a habit.
For those of you who know for sure that this 6:00 a.m. thing is just NOT going to work, take a moment to tune in to your deeper self. You may be surprised that your mind, body, AND spirit all want you to get on the mat before the dawn.
Your Mind – Doesn’t really need to show up to Sunrise Yoga
This is good news. Though your body does need to get up out of bed and into the studio, your mind can stay in its sleepy state. Your teachers (gratitude to teachers!) have done all the work for you. They have planned a class, heated the tea kettle, and opened the doors for you. Just show up. They will guide you. Follow their words. Do the yoga. Feel wonderful.
Your Body – Will love you for taking such good care of it
Sunrise Yoga is a beautiful act of self-care first thing in the morning. It creates space and ease in your body. A mindful morning practice will alert you to the state of your being in a gentle and loving way, and will set you up to have the day you want to have. Want to have a day that feels calm, focused and intentional? Sunrise yoga.
Your Spirit – Is alive and ready to receive great wisdom
In Ayurveda, we understand that the three doshas (Kapha, Pitta, and Vata) govern the natural cycles of life, including the hours of the day. Pre-dawn is Vata time of day. This is when earth and air dominate and when we are most receptive to our inner voice and deepest wisdom. Vata time of day is best for spiritual practices such as meditation and yoga.
When is the Best Time for Yoga?
Still, the answer is YES. It is, and will always be a good time to do yoga. But if you have not tried a sunrise practice recently, or ever...Give it a try. You may find this to be the yoga habit you never knew you wanted to establish.
Kirstin is Santosha’s writer-in-residence. She is an artist, a student of yoga, Ayurveda, and massage therapy, and she is a Yoga Health Coach. Kirstin practices and teaches the habits of yogis - dinacharya. This is the Ayurvedic practice of daily habits that are essential for leading a vibrant, healthy, creative life. Find out about her upcoming courses and collaborations at kirstinpinit.com.