As a Yin Yoga Teacher, I’m often asked the question, “When is the best time to practice Yin Yoga? The short answer is ANYTIME. Honestly anytime you can practice Yin, you are benefiting yourself in so many ways, physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically. However, many students feel that because the practice offers a calming effect while stretching out the tissues of the body, that the practice is best suited for the evenings. In many yoga studios, Yin Yoga is mostly offered in the evenings. While it is certainly beneficial to practice Yin Yoga in the evening to help unwind ourselves from the long work day, Yin Yoga is equally beneficial practiced during the daytime. Here is why I say a daytime practice is a great option.
During the day, we spend a significant amount of time sitting at desks in front of a computer, overstimulated by technology and by people. We need an opportunity to break free from that to reset and recharge our bodies and our minds. We also need time to stretch out our bodies from those long sits at the desk.
A practice of Yin at lunch time can be very invigorating, energizing and recharging to our nervous system, our bodies and our minds when the appropriate types of Yin poses are offered. Poses such as backbends, hip opening lunges and twists which stimulate and recharge us are great options and offer us the benefits of increased flexibility and a more focused mind. Whereas, forward folds which tend to be more calming and relaxing are not always the best options for students who need to be getting back to work after practice.
If you have yet to try a daytime Yin class, I encourage you to give it a go! You will feel energized, revitalized, more focused and ready to take on the rest of your day with more vigor and less tension.
Kymberli Roberts, RCRT, RYT
Registered Reflexologist & Yin Yoga Teacher