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What are some benefits of practicing yoga in the dark?


Improve Sleep Quality

Yoga naturally induces better sleep quality due to its relaxation effects. Doing it in the dark can put you in a calm state of mind before bed and promote restful sleep. This allows your body to enter a low state of arousal. It can reduce cortisol, which is a stress hormone that affects blood pressure.Your body tends to be more flexible later in the day, which makes practicing at night an excellent time.


Eliminate Comparison

A significant benefit to yoga in the dark or with minimal light is that it removes the comparison and competition you might feel toward others around you. It can help you focus more on how the practice feels over what everyone else is doing. It also eliminates the fear or feeling like others are judging you. You create the freedom to stumble and look funny while trying new things without hesitation. Comparison is the thief of joy. Nobody is perfect and everyone is at a different place in their yoga journey. Everyone is sure to be testing their limits, especially while taking on a new challenge. Focusing on yourself instead of others can help you gain confidence in your practice.


Go Deeper

Practicing yoga in the dark can be transformative since there are fewer distractions. It naturally makes you look deeper within yourself and encourages you to focus more on your feelings than the outside world. As you get more comfortable, you can introduce more complex poses. It is also not uncommon to revert to basic poses to create a more profound experience in the dark. Start slow and try poses you may not have done in a while for a whole new perspective and appreciation of them.

There aren’t many drawbacks to doing yoga in the dark. The benefits are sure to show as long as you practice your positions safely and avoid pushing your limits.


Challenge Yourself

Even if you are an experienced yogi, changing your setting can create a new and challenging experience. Removing the sight aspect of your practice will likely throw your balance off. This is because people tend to have a point of focus when concentrating on balancing. It’s much more challenging to stay in position while practicing in the dark.

You can achieve balance by using your other sensations while tuning into your body and focusing on breathing. One of the major themes of yoga is the mind-body connection, which promotes peace from within and shuts out the outside world. Practicing yoga in the dark can be the perfect chance to challenge your limits.

 

You can try these poses to ensure your safety while still experiencing an adequate practice. Here are a few poses you can try out before your first practice.


·       Mountain Pose: Stand with your feet together and arms at your side. Inhale and elongate through the torso and send your arms up. Exhale and release your shoulders from your head and return your arms back to your side.

·       Child’s Pose: Kneel on the ground with your toes tucked under your butt. Lower your butt to your feet and stretch the upper body forward and down with extended arms. Your stomach should rest on the tops of your thighs with your forehead on the mat.

·       Cat/Cow Pose: Begin in a tabletop position with a neutral spine. You should round your spine and tuck your chin to your chest as you exhale. On the next inhale, lift your head and tailbone upward.

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