At sunset or in the early evening, you want to find peace with your day and slow down your pace. Sunset or early evening can be a grand time to take 30 minutes before dinner or after work to go through your mind-body routine.

If you have a family, ask them to have a snack because dinner won’t be happening for another half-hour. If you’re hungry, have a light snack (such as some fruit or granola) an hour before your practice so that you won’t just be listening to your grumbling tummy while meditating. Boy, can that be a distraction!

You want to do some homework either planning your routine, calling around to find a convenient studio, or having a video ready to pop in.

Other factors to consider:

  • How much time can I take for mind-body exercise?

  • What techniques can I do to fit in that time period?

  • Do I want to practice alone or with a class?

  • If with a class, is there a studio nearby that I can get to easily?

  • What kind of snack do I need to have handy for myself (or my family)?

Perhaps bedtime is the first time you can find for yourself during the day. So be it; bedtime is a great time. Just avoid what many of us commonly do: Rush, rush, rush all day until bedtime comes before we know it, then collapse into the sack, only to start the rush-rush schedule as soon as the sun rises the next day.

Right before bedtime, you don’t want to do anything that is high-intensity and gets you so hyped up that you can’t fall asleep.

A few other aspects to think about are:

  • How much time can I devote to mind-body exercise at bedtime?

  • What type of routine works best at bedtime?

  • Where can I find a sanctuary to do my exercises?

You may find you can sleep better (and more peacefully) if you’ve had some time to practice your mind-body movements during the day. If you can’t get in a little exercise earlier, then take 10 to 30 minutes at bedtime.