You may be one of the people who absolutely envy those who wake up at 6 am, feeling energised and immediately jump out of bed to start their day with a yoga session. If you’re not a morning person, you probably prefer practicing yoga at a different time in the day. And that’s completely fine too! The most important thing to remember is that it’s not a competition and yoga should be performed when, how and wherever you want. If you regularly do your yoga routine in the evening, we have a couple of tips for you. Keep reading to find out what you should definitely include in your evening yoga routine!
Personalise your yoga evening routine
Yoga is a way of expressing yourself and should be enjoyable, relaxing and personalised to your wishes. Why perform a yoga pose that makes you uncomfortable or unhappy? If you’re a yoga newbie, it might take a while to find out what works best for you but in this case, we recommend trying out different styles of yoga (poses) to figure out your preferences. During your evening yoga routine, it’s best to focus on relaxation. After all, you’ll be going to bed not long after so you want to avoid getting too hyped to fall asleep. Burn some relaxing aromatherapy candles that help you to relax and ease your mind. Or play calming music that will help you to slow down after a busy day at work.
Do you use a yoga wheel or block?
A great way to enhance your yoga practice is by adding accessories such as a yoga wheel or yoga block. These accessories are designed to help you out with certain poses and stretches. A yoga block is the perfect accessory if you're a beginner yogi as it will allow you to perform stretches you don’t have full flexibility for yet. Place the yoga block below your hands or feet to reach to the ground. Gradually improve your flexibility until you’re advanced enough to do the yoga poses without assistance. If you’re an intermediate or advanced yogi, you may want to step up your game and intensify some stretches by adding a yoga wheel. This accessory is particularly great for upper body stretches and will assist in deeply stretching your back. These two yoga accessories are absolute must haves in your evening yoga routine, if you ask us.
Enhance your practice with yoga accessories
A question we often get asked by beginner yogi’s is what tools and products they actually need to get started with yoga. And the straightforward answer is: not that many. Essentially, the most important accessory is a yoga mat as it will allow you to practice yoga in a comfortable way. The Paws X yoga mat is the perfect beginner yoga mat as it has enhanced grip which makes it easier to keep your balance and prevents any slipping. If you’re looking for ways to enhance your yoga practice, we recommend looking into tools such as yoga stretch straps. These straps can be used to simplify certain stretches when flexibility is an issue for you.
Another tool that might come in useful, especially if you suffer from neck or back pain, is an acupressure mat. You may have heard of acupuncture before and while an acupressure mat doesn’t use actual needles to poke your skin, the idea behind it is very similar. An acupressure mat contains thin plastic spikes, which are pain free by the way, to pressure certain points in your body. This will promote muscle relaxation, but can also aid injury recovery, migraines and can even help with depression or mental health issues. By laying down on the acupressure mat for fifteen minutes once daily, after your evening yoga routine for example, your body will relax its muscles more. It has proven to be beneficial for a lot of people, so why don’t you give it a try? The best way to finish off your evening yoga routine and get ready for a deep, peaceful night’s sleep.