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How Evening Yoga Can Help You Unplug and Recharge

As the sun sets and the day comes to a close, our minds and bodies often feel like they're running on empty. I'm sure you can relate. We've spent the day juggling tasks, meeting deadlines, and navigating the ups and downs of life. But as the evening arrives, the mental and physcial exhaustion hits and it's so easy to just sit in front of that couch and check out, only to feel stuck and unsatisfied afterwards. So what if I told you there is another way?
That's where evening yoga comes in – a gentle and nourishing practice that can help you unwind, relax, and recharge for the night ahead. And it's not just personal experience that supports the benefits of evening yoga – there's a growing body of scientific research that backs it up.
Studies found that evening yoga significantly reduced cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and improved sleep quality in individuals with chronic stress. It also reduced muscle tension and pain, and improved mood (including depresssion and anxiety) and created an improved sense of well-being.
How Evening Yoga Affects the Brain
Evening yoga can also have a profound impact on our brain function and chemistry. By slowing down our breath and movements, we can:
- Increase the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating our sleep-wake cycles
- Reduce the production of cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress and anxiety
- Increase activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation and calmness
5 Tips for an Evening Yoga Practice
1. Start slow: Begin with gentle stretches and movements that feel comfortable and relaxing. Avoid anything that feels too challenging or intense.
2. Focus on your breath: Deep breathing is key to any yoga practice, and it's especially important in the evening. Try to focus on your breath, and let go of any thoughts or distractions.
3. Find a quiet space: Identify a quiet and peaceful space where you can practice without distractions. This might be a dedicated yoga room, or simply a corner of your bedroom.
4. End with savasana: This final relaxation pose is often referred to as the "corpse pose" – and for good reason! It's a chance to completely let go, and allow your body and mind to fully relax.
5.Come to The Joyful Living Yoga Center!- We offer many soothing evening yoga classes, and the best part is we have in-person and virtual live-stream options as well for all classes! So you can practice from the convience of your home, while traveling, or even if you just live far away. Connecting with us can support a consistent practice due to being connected to a like-minded tribe as well as a set schedule instead of just randomly doing it on your own.
Making Evening Yoga a Habit
So how can you make evening yoga a regular part of your routine? Here are a few tips:
- Schedule it in: Treat your evening yoga practice as a non-negotiable part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. It helps to sign up and set up your schedule every Sunday evening.
- Find a buddy: Practicing with a friend or partner can be a great way to stay motivated and accountable.
- Start small: Begin with 1-3 classes a week and once that becomes consistently easy add more.
Bonus: Meditate in at least soothing pose every night, for however long feels right!
Evening yoga is a powerful tool for unwinding, relaxing, and recharging. By prioritizing it into your daily routine, you can improve your physical, mental and emotional health, and set yourself up for a restful night's sleep. And with the science and research to back it up, you can trust that you're making a positive investment in your well-being. It's worth it! So why not give it a try? Your body, mind and heart– will thank you!

Wishing you peace, vitality, connection, and comforting hugs,
The Joyful Living Yoga Center


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