For many years, I have had great results with yoga by candlelight. Here are 5 benefits of evening yoga:
1 . Sleep.
Gentle movement and focused breathing induces a better sleep. Evening yoga calms all body functions. Restorative sleep is so important; as we rest and replenish, inflammation is reduced in the body. A good nights' sleep helps us to function better on every level.
2. Muscles and nerves
In the evening, we are more hydrated (or can be, if we sip enough water all day), which means more elasticity for evening practice. Stretching deeply into the muscles soothes our nerves and allows us to really feel what is going on in our bodies.
Taking some time and space to focus on your breath and gentle movement is a good way to let go of any tension or stress that built up during the day.
4. Mind medicine
Evening practice can work wonders for mental health. To enjoy the gentle twists and forward folds in full comfort and safety, do not eat in the 2 hours leading up to practice. 3 if possible.
Yoga improves circulation and increases levels of oxygen throughout the body. If I had to choose one word to describe evening practice, I would say 'soothing'.
"I absolutely love this class. with candles, calming music and Kathryn's guided meditations, it's exactly what I need after a stressful day at work. Kathryn's classes are fantastic because she calmly talks you through every movement, ensuring you don't push yourself too far. I'd highly recommend this class if you are looking for something to help you unwind, relax and centre yourself again".
- Catherine Hughes, Limerick.