Your friends keep talking about Yoga these days, but you can’t participate in their discussion because you don’t know what Yoga is. Or are you planning to register for a Yoga class? If so, then you are the right place. Yoga is not only widely practiced in Western countries, but also becomes more popular in Asian countries nowadays. Practicing Yoga can bring a lot of benefits to the participants, but they have to know when is the best time to practice Yoga. Is it better to do yoga before or after workout? Yoga’s benefits, how many types Yoga has, and before or after workout is better for practicing Yoga will be our discussion today.
Everything about Yoga
Yoga is quickly becoming more and more popular to people who love exercise to gain flexibility, increase strength, lose weight, and get a healthy body. Moreover, doing yoga can help to reduce stress, relax after a busy working day. It is said that the more you get into Yoga, the more mysteries you can discover by passing different levels. Especially, many people compare Yoga as a philosophy, passion of their lives. Today we will talk about yoga in details, before or after workout is the best time to practice, and also its benefits.
- Increase flexibility: you can easily stretch any part of your body to create different body postures and poses.
- Increase strength: yoga helps you to become stronger
- Improve balance: you can easily stand on one foot
- Increase endurance and stamina: you can run a longer distance without feeling too tired as before
- Improve body alignment: yoga helps you with best stretches for a proper body alignment, reduce the joint pain
- Reduce stress: remove all stress and unhappy thoughts out of your mind when practicing yoga.
- Better sleep
- Breath awareness: Yoga helps you to calm your mind and stay more conscious of your thoughts.
- Improve self-confidence
- Improve digestion system, helps to produce glowing skin
- Increase blood circulation, a better blood flow helps to stimulate the skin
- Strengthen and tone the muscles in your face to main your skin elasticity
- Reduce toxins in the body, your skin will become more beautiful
There are other benefits that you can get from Yoga, but those are the major ones. Men, women, old people, children, all can start Yoga. Especially, pregnant women are advised to practice Yoga every day to strengthen her body and the baby.
Types of Yoga
If you want to get into Yoga, you can try one of the most popular types of yoga for beginners. Each would bring different benefits to different people, perhaps one type is good for 20 year-old people but unsuitable for 60 year-old people. Therefore, you have to be carefully analyze and choose the best and most suitable Yoga type for yourself.
- Hatha: It is the best start for yoga beginners. It involves basic physical poses which require you to hold for some breaths.
- Vinyasa: This type of Yoga links your body movements and breath together as you are dancing. With continuous movements, this type can be beneficial for runners and athletes.
- Iyengar: this type of Yoga is suitable for different ages and for those who love detail-oriented. Iyengar requires you to hold each posture for the period of time, unlike the continuous movements of vinyasa.
- Ashtanga: It is also called Power Yoga. Why? It is a challenging approach which consists six series of poses and has some strict guidelines requires you to flow.
- Bikram: More than Ashtanga, this type consists 26 poses for a 90-minute sequence. It is the combination of vigorous practice and the heat of 105 degrees. We advise you to rest at anytime you need if you want to follow this 90-minute practice.
- Hot Yoga: Why they call it ‘hot’? Because this practice is done in the heated room. You should not go beyond your capacity since the heat might make you overstretch easily.
- Kundalini: this type is chosen by many celebrities. It focuses on the internal aspects of yoga, and may be suitable for people who are looking for spiritual practice.
- Yin Yoga: This type provides you all practices in order to balance your body and calm your mind. It is not recommendable for people who are super flexible or has a connective tissue disorder.
- Restorative: this type is good for people who face problems related to anxiety, insomnia and need to slow down with mellow and slow movements.
The above types of Yoga are recommended for yoga beginners who are looking for a suitable type to deep into.
Best time for Yoga practicing
So far, you have somehow understood what Yoga is and types of Yoga. Are you interested in taking one Yoga class now? Choose one and start. However, remember that different Yoga types are suitable for different people and only effective when you practice it at the right time.
Well, the very best time to practice Yoga is before breakfast every morning. It is said that after the night, your energy has been completely recovered and very suitable for doing yoga.
Another best time that many Yoga professors recommend is early evening, around 5 to 7 p.m. However, it is of course far better if you know the suitable time for practicing your Yoga type.
If you are doing meditation, you can do it at any time of the day when you are awake and relaxed. Feeling sleepy will make mediation ineffective, so you can mediate around 6-7 a.m or 5-6 p.m. Also avoiding doing mediation within 2-3 hours of eating to get good result.
Asanas and Pranayama can be practiced at any time of the day except 2-3 hours after meals. Even when your body is tired, tense, and stiff, you can still do postures, but need to avoid doing so many over-stimulating postures before going to bed.
If you are doing Yoga Nidra, you can simply practice it any time of the day even directly after the meal. You just need to keep your mind refresh and awake for the practice.
Should we do yoga before or after workout?
Some people said practicing Yoga after workout is better because your body is already warm and will help to increase your body flexibility.
However, some others said you should not do yoga after workout since some styles of yoga are workout themselves already.
In general, if you arrange time in the early morning for Yoga, you can try these poses: Standing Forward Fold, Standing Side Stretch, Supine Twist. Doing active postures will prepare you enough energy and a fresh mind for a busy working day.
If you would like to do Yoga in the afternoon after the workout, you can try these strong poses: Cobra pose, Goddess pose, Reverse Warrior, Wide Leg Standing Forward Fold.
There are many interesting facts and also controversial discussions about Yoga and its best practicing time. As most people agree, Yoga is the most beneficial after a workout as it helps to cool down your muscles, reduce soreness, and speed healing. See which type is suitable for you and choose the best time for practicing in order to get a healthy and strong body, and a relaxed mind always.