Yoga offers immense benefits not only at the body level but on multiple levels, which we generally fail to realise and overlook. The ancient practice of wellness helps in uniting the body, mind and breath. Yoga improves health, improves your flexibility, builds muscle strength, perfects your posture, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown,protects your spine, betters your bone health, increases your blood flow,boosts immunity, clears your mind and reduces stress.
The early hour of the day, known as Brahma Muhurta or in the Hindu cosmic cycle as Amrit vela, is considered the best time for yoga practice, especially for practices like Surya Namaskar and Shiva Namaskar. Your mind is fresh, will make you feel less tired,keep you energetic throughout the day and can help you overcome the temptation to skip it completely.
Also, sweat production is also low in the morning so the body’s chances of getting dehydrated while practising the tough postures of yoga are also lower.
Not a morning person?
Another ideal time for yoga practice, apart from sunrise, is sunset. Most yoga asanas should happen at the times of transition, in the twilight zone between night and day. During dawn and dusk (sandhya kalas) your life energies are in a state of flux and your ability to transcend limitations is better.
Here, it is important to remember that whenever you do yoga your stomach should be empty(do not eat anything 2 hours before doing yoga) and clear your bowels. If you feel thirsty you can drink water moderately before yoga. Drink as minimum as required.
The Brahma Muhurta is the best time to practice yoga if you want to improve your physical nature and fitness and transcend spiritual dimensions. If you are looking for just improving your physical health, sandhya kalas are the best time to practice.
For people who have very tight schedule, practice yoga at any time of the day that suits you. Do not make it an excuse to skip your yoga session.