How to Fit Mind-Body Techniques into Your Evening - dummies

How to Fit Mind-Body Techniques into Your Evening

By Therese Iknoian

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.