Tips for early yoga (6 A.M.) & late evening yoga (10 P.M.)

January 16, 2013 8:31 pm


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Thinking of trying one of Bikram Yoga Vancouver’s most extreme class times? Take the following tips into account to ensure your practice is a sweaty success – no matter where on the time spectrum it happens to land!

Early Bird (Early Morning Yoga)

Class options:

  •  6 a.m. @ Cambie
  •  6 a.m. @ Kits
  •  6:30 a.m. @ West End

Early Bird - Rooster Crowing on White Background

Benefits of early yoga

  • Less chance of missing class because of other commitments that may run late
  •  Traffic on the way to the studio may be lighter; parking may be easier
  • Early classes are generally less busy than others throughout the rest of the day
  • A great way to start your day, with a burst of energy from Bikram Yoga

Special considerations for early yoga

  • You may feel sleepy (this will quickly pass once you start practising)
  • Your flexibility may be limited (your muscles haven’t had a chance to warm up)
  • You may not be properly hydrated (unless you take action to ensure you are)

Tips for practicing yoga first thing in the morning

  • Pack your gear the night before (and put it in the car) to avoid a mad rush
  • Avoid eating a late heavy meal the night before
  • Drink water the night before to avoid dehydration
  • Wake up at least an hour before class and drink several glasses of water
  • Try not to eat breakfast; Bikram Yoga is easier to do on an empty stomach
  • If you’re absolutely ravenous, eat a piece of fruit and save breakfast till after
  • No coffee before class; caffeine may dehydrate you further
  • Bring extra water to class, in case you haven’t had enough fluid prior to class
  • Do some light stretching in the hot room before class to warm up your muscles
  • Use your uncluttered morning mind to focus on the dialogue and postures
  •  If you feel tight/stiff, listen to your body; don’t push past your physical limits
  • Use any “morning stiffness” (which may prevent depth) as a chance to work on alignment, grip and weight distribution over the feet
  • Less flexibility in the morning also means you’ll be using more strength to perform the postures – a definite plus
  • This is the perfect time to pause, be still and reflect on your goals for the day


Night Owl (Late Night Yoga)

Class options

  • 9 p.m. @ West End
  • 9:30 p.m. @ Kits
  • 10 p.m. @ Cambie

Night Owl - Brown Owl with Orange Eyes on White Background

Benefits of late night yoga

  • Ample opportunity to hydrate before class (you have all day to drink water!)
  • Your body tends to be looser/more flexible after a full day of use/movement
  • Perfect for busy moms and dads who can’t practice before the kids go to bed
  • Late-night classes tend to be less busy than afternoon/evening sessions
  • Unwind/de-stress at the end of the day with 90 minutes of moving meditation
  • Rather than reach for sleeping pills, Bikram Yoga may help with insomnia

Special considerations for late night yoga

  • Your “monkey mind” may be working overtime after a full day of activity
  • You may be tired after a long day/have to push yourself to come to class
  • It can be challenging not to eat dinner right before class

Tips for practicing yoga late at night

  • Be committed to attending class; treat it like any other scheduled appointment
  • Don’t eat for at least two hours before class
  • If you’re absolutely starving, try a light, late afternoon/early evening snack
  • Use late-night classes, when your muscles are warmer, to really find your physical edge in terms of depth
  • Do your best to still your mind for 90 minutes, no matter the events of the day
  • Leave all your stress in the hot room

What’s your best tip for morning/night classes? Let us know; leave a comment below!


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