Sandhya Kala

Definition - What does Sandhya Kala mean?

Sandhya kala is a Sanskrit term that describes the transition time – around sunrise and sunset and at noon – that is the best time to meditate. The term comes from san, meaning “good”; dhya, meaning “meditate”; and kala, meaning “time.”

Some believe that the times around sunrise, sunset and noon are the best times to meditate because the flow of energy through the sushumna nadi (the body's primary energy channel) is upward during sandhya kala. There are, therefore, greater benefits from meditation, pranayama and other yogic practices during sandhya kala.

Yogapedia explains Sandhya Kala

Meditating during all three sandhya kala periods is called trikala (three times) sandhya. Each these sandhya kalas has a different name:

  • Brahma muhurta sandhya (sunrise) is traditionally considered by many to be the best time to meditate because mind is still calm and the day's distractions have not yet intervened.
  • Vishnu sandhya (noon) is a time to take a break from the daily routine to refocus the mind.
  • Mahesha sandhya (sunset) allows yogis to transition from work and wind down after a busy day.

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