During our eight month absence from our blog, we had some health issues. Friends have urged us to detail them as a kind of public service to IFO readers. But we hesitate to do it – it’s too private.
So we’re going to back into the subject with a question that just arose with us today. What is the best time of day to do yoga? We were amazed at the amount of information the Internet provided on this topic. Who knew?
YogaJournal.com had a laissez-faire attitude, not good for people looking for hard and fast rules. That’s one of the things we like about the American yoga practices that we are familiar with – very easygoing and non-jargonistic.
Our dear daughters have been urging us to get more physically active for years, but their entreaties doubled as we dealt with our issues. They didn’t say what to do, they just urged physical activity.
One DD, who practices what she preaches, is convinced that diet and exercise keep one healthy until near the end of our lives. She does strenuous gardening and what we call “Zen cooking” where she goes into a zone as she creates an exotic new dish. She climbs rocks, runs in her neighborhood, hikes in the mountains, works out at a gym and does yoga at home to DVDs.
Mind you, she doesn’t overdo anything. Each activity is indulged in irregularly and sporadically and gently, while she is busy with family, friends and church activities.
Anyway, her yoga DVDs take all the mysticism out of the practices. They don’t tell the names of the poses, or asanas, and they remind their audience not to push themselves too hard and not to criticise themselves. They assure beginners that they will get better and better as time goes on. Very kind. Very gentle.
YogaJournal got a little deeper into it all and gave the Indian names for all the asanas they were discussing. It looks like a good website.
True Self Yoga ends their answer to that question with the laissez-faire approach, but begins with a long discussion about why early mornings are best. The picture below captures the feeling of doing a pose in the dawn.
WikiHow has a nice discussion of this topic and concludes with a video.
If you ever wanted to get started with doing yoga these are nice places to start. Just find one you like and go!