Ideal Meditation Times

December 8, 2014    BY Michelle Frilot

According to yoga wisdom, the most potent and effective times to meditate are during the sandhyas, junctures or transitions in the day.

In the morning, at surise: Traditionally between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., the Brahma Muhurta Sandhya is the most auspicious time to meditate, according to the ancients. The mind is calm and refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and the distractions of the day have yet to begin.

At noon: Known as the Vishnu Sandhya, this noontime break can refocus your mind, reestablish your posture, and shake off the midday doldrums.

In the evening, at sunset: Meditating at the Mahesha Sandhya, just as the sun goes down on your day, will help you create a separation between your work world and your home life.

Try meditating at each of these sandhyas to discover the one that works best for you. Begin sitting for a short period—15 or 20 minutes is a good start—and gradually increase the length of your practice. Treat yourself gently; don’t add too many minutes too quickly, or you could become frustrated and undermine your own best efforts.