Can You Do Yoga While Fasting? | Ramadan 2022
Updated: May 9
Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating the Holy Month! Ramadan is a time of introspection, learning and self-development, which is also a large part of what yoga is really about. In every yoga class, students are guided to be present, listen to their bodies to understand their limits, focus on themselves instead of others, rest when needed, and find strength to keep going.
So is it okay to do yoga while fasting? Yes, of course! However fasting can be quite different for everyone, so it's always important to listen to your body and be aware of how you're feeling.
Based on your energy levels throughout the day, here's what we would recommend for you:
If you're feeling low on energy:
Instead of pushing your body too much, focus on bringing energy back to your body through slow movements, breathwork and meditation. A Yin Yoga session, Kundalini or even just practicing some simple stretches will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and ready to power through your day.
Best time to practice: This can be done at any point in the day (always wait 2-3 hours after iftar or suhoor), but we'd recommend early morning or before bedtime.
Yoga poses to try: Tadasana (Mountain pose), Vrksasana (Tree pose), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Baddha Konasana (Butterfly pose), Sukhasana (Easy pose), Savasana (Corpse pose).
If you're feeling a little tired, but still want to move:
Try focusing on a slower-paced Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga with props or a gentle yoga flow to stretch, twist, move and balance your body. This type of movement is ideal to leave you feeling refreshed and reenergized.
Best time to practice: This can be done at any point in the day (always wait 2-3 hours after iftar or suhoor).
Yoga poses to try: Cat Cow (Marjaryasana Bitilasana), Salabhasana (Locust Pose), Ustrasana (Camel pose), Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Lunge), Adho Mukho Svanasana (Downward Dog), Supta Matsyendrasana (supine twist)
If you're feeling slightly energized, but not ready to go all out:
A Vinyasa Yoga class would be the perfect fit, as it starts with a lot of movement and slows down towards the end. There are also options available for most asanas if you'd like to slow it down or challenge yourself. Hatha Yoga could be a good option as well, with the focus being more on alignment and breathing.
Best time to practice: We recommend doing a medium-intensity class like this either a few hours after suhoor, or just before iftar.
Yoga poses to try: Parsvottanasana (Pyramid pose), Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle pose), Viparita Virabhadrasana (Reverse Warrior), Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle), Halasana (Shoulder Stand), Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of Fish pose).
If you're feeling really energetic:
Go for a Power Yoga or Ashtanga yoga class to let your all energy flow freely. Remember, always listen to your body. If it feels like it's too much, it's completely fine to take a break or even stop, just do what feels right.
Best time to practice: We recommend doing any intense classes right before iftar, so that you can nourish and hydrate your body right after.
Yoga poses to try: Virabhadrasana I-III (Warrior 1-3), Ashta Chandrasana (High Lunge), Dhanurasana (Bow pose), Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svansasana (Three Legged Dog), Dandayama Janusirsasana (Standing head to knee), Phalakasana (Plank pose).
We hope this helps you decide on which yoga styles to focus on this Holy Month. If you have any questions at all, we are always here to help! Stay tuned to our YouTube page, in the next few days we'll be posting a 25 Min Gentle Yoga Flow - a slow-paced low intensity yoga flow, perfect for when you're fasting.