Although I am a ‘morning person’, I must admit my body resists doing practices in the early hours of the day. Traditional yogis believe yoga should be practiced very early in the day for a variety of energetic, physical and mental benefits. Some of these benefits I can agree to especially with regards to tapping into the grounded brain waves from sleep and setting a harmonious energy for the day ahead. Aside from the energetic qualities, I have come across research that can give strong reasoning for why some people could readily benefit from doing yoga later in the day.
Forward bending Yoga poses provide great release and rejuvenation to the back lines of the body. When done correctly, they yield wonderful physical, mental, and emotion benefits. When done incorrectly or with ego, they can produce serious damage including herniated intervertebral discs. Like all Yoga poses, spinal integrity should be one's first priority and then, from this place, inviting this quality outwards into the limbs.
Enjoy this mini yoga video exploring the nurturing benefits of Child's Pose (Balasana).
Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) comes across as basic forward bending Yoga pose – simple in its application and benefits. However, many yoga participants draw most of their attention to the lower half of the body in trying to achieve flexibility in the posterior lines (hamstring and calf muscles). The lack of attention …