In the past few months I have read in several places that it might be best to practice Postures/Asana in the evening when the body is a bit looser from the day's activities. Early morning, they suggest, is a good time for Energy/Breathing/Pranayama practice, to still the mind and focus the energy for the day ahead.
So I have been trying this approach - Breathing in the morning and Postures in the evening. The early morning breathing has been wonderful. It clears my mind and has a tremendous centering effect on my energy for the entire day.
Trying to practice Postures in the evening has been a challenge though. Often I have obligations that make it difficult to schedule in a couple hours of practice time. I also have trouble getting my meals and practice to cooperate late in the day. Sometimes lunch is big, so I need to wait until it digests. But then I might have an obligation later. Or I might have time to practice but be terribly hungry. Basically, if I wait until the 2nd half of the day to practice I have trouble making it work.
So I have gone back to what I was doing months ago, which is practicing Postures first thing in the morning. This way my stomach is empty, and even though my body might be a little tighter from sleep it is better than the alternative, which is waiting until later in the day and hoping my schedule works out.
I still intend to practice breathing in the mornings, probably after my posture practice. I might have to get up earlier.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga