Brahma Muhurta

There is a very special time of the day, each day that is recognized as the “Creators Hour”, which takes place in the early morning hours right before the sun rises. Exactly one hour and thirty-six minutes before sunrise.

This special time of the day is known as Brahma Muhurta, which translates as the auspicious time of Brahma and “muhurta”, which is a forty-eight minute time period. During this time there are two muhurta’s, one beginning an hour and thirty-six minutes before sunrise and the second ending forty-eight minutes before sunrise. Since the time of sunrises varies throughout the year and according to geographic location, so does the timing of Brahma Muhurta vary.

For example, if the sunrise is scheduled to take place at 7:00 am, then the Brahma Muhurta begins at 5:24 am. If sunrise scheduled for 6 am, then Brahma Muhurta begins at 4:24 am.

In the Hatha Yoga tradition, the popular asana routine, the Sun Salutation is designed especially for this ritual. Many yoga practitioners first learn this simple, traditional set of postures at the beginning of their tutelage. Through practicing these postures with a pranayama routine one learns to calm the mind and prepare for the practice of meditation.

According to Ayurveda science, the Brahma Muhurta occurs during the dosa of Vata, which are the morning hours between 2:00 am and 6:00am. The Vata hours are considered the best time to meditate with the mind at its most still, quiet state and conducive to deep meditation.