It’s late. You’re tense yet tired. And although you’d desperately like to slip some yoga into your evening before you crash, you honestly don’t know if you have it in you. Besides, you’re not even certain if you should exercise this late at night if you want to sleep.

What should your yoga practice resemble late in the evening when you’re wanting to counteract anxiety and insomnia?

There’s no single style or sequence of yoga that’s ideal for everyone at night. It’s more the manner in which you approach each posture that makes a difference. Sustained and gentle stretches. Slow and steady breathing. Moving slowly in between poses rather than being rushed. It’s a simple equation of easy movement and measured breathing which instigate your parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn brings profound release and relaxation—both physical and psychological.