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No matter your line of work, ending your day with a yoga practice gives you a chance to check in with your body and settle your thoughts. You’ll sleep better,  which will help you to wake more rested and will in turn make your next day better. Then, of course, there are the physical benefits– improved balance, flexibility, and strength, and more awareness of the state of your body. Working yoga into your post-work routine is a great way to reset and take much-needed time with yourself. In our modern society, we are always on the go– commuting to and from work, being at work, or taking care of the many other aspects of our lives that call for tending– families, chores, errands, hobbies, cooking… When we are constantly busy, it can be difficult to prioritize the time needed to tend to your own self, and our well-being often suffers as a result. 

The end of the workday is often the time when you feel least like delving into a yoga practice, but it’s often a time when yoga will benefit you the most! Whether you’re on your feet all day or night, or you work sitting in an office, whether your work is active and physically demanding or more stationary, practicing yoga after work gives you a chance to check in with your body and work out any tensions that may have accumulated during your workday. After-work yoga is also a wonderful way to calm your mind at the end of your day, to smooth out all the rough edges and better prepare yourself for the next day.

With classes every day of the week at many times of day, Keene Yoga Center is a wonderful place to establish your after-work yoga routine. If you work during the day, Keene Yoga Center has a variety of evening offerings, including Hot Vinyasa Level 1-2 on Monday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Gentle Yoga on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM, Mindful Yoga on Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Gentle Hot Yoga on Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Visit the KYC website for more evening yoga options! If you tend to work overnight and are looking for a way to wind down after a hectic shift, why not try a morning Gentle Yoga class, offered on Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM. 

Written by Grace Martin

Grace Martin is a library assistant and aspiring writer who loves food, fiber arts, and reading any book she can get her hands on. She was drawn to yoga in early 2017, and enjoys incorporating aspects of meditation and ritual into her practice. She has lived in Keene for the past two years.

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