How Often Should You Practice Yoga?

How Often Should You Practice Yoga?

How often should I practice yoga? This is one of the most common questions that are asked by people who first begin with their yoga practice. Yoga can be a weekly workout routine for some people, while, for others, it can be a simple way to escape from the daily hectic schedule. Some people perceive it in a way of killing extra time where they get a chance to interact with their fellow yogis. Again, some people have a strong attachment to yoga and they just cannot stay a single day without practicing it. So, the answer actually depends on individuals and their reasons to start with yoga classes.

If you are just a beginner and planning to attend few yoga classes to find out whether you wish to continue it or not, go for the 6 to 12 weeks courses. This short duration courses will give you enough idea about yoga and how unique postures can bring benefit to your body. With yoga, one can enhance the flexibility of his body as well as keep the breathing system under proper control. Some people even find difficulty with body alignment and yoga serves as their best friend.

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If your major aim is to complement fitness activities like running or something else, then you need to practice yoga for minimum 2 to 3 times every week. This can also help you in increasing your body flexibility as well. If you have any specific goals in mind and striving hard to achieve the same, then practicing yoga every day in a week can actually enable you to see the changes. On the other hand, if you are suffering from any kind of injury, then it can have a great impact on the number of yoga classes you should have per week. In case of injuries, you should never push yourself beyond the limits permitted by your body as it will only lead to further damage to yourself.

Age is another factor that one needs to consider it while joining a yoga class. If you are in your 70s, then I would like to say that a 30 minutes practice every day is more than enough, while, this may not be adequate for a 7 yr old child or a teenager. But always remember, that age is just a number and an individual can do it as many days as he wants every week.

With weekly practice and proper diet, you will able to notice huge physical changes, including improved muscle strength and tone, greater flexibility, increased balance and deeper conscious breathing. Some people think that how can yoga leads to greater productivity in our daily life. Well, when individuals lay on the mat with their calm and composed body and give time to each breathes, it leads to a calmer mind. Thus, it will encourage your daily productivity off the mat.

Once you develop the habit of practicing twice or thrice in a week, there is a huge chance that you would wish to increase the number of days of practices. What you need to remember is that there is no need to join a group class or studio to practice yoga. You can easily start it in your home by investing 1 hour or 90 minutes maximum. Some people even practice sun salutations during the early morning or just a 10-minute meditation practice during the evening hours – this is even enough during the starting days or as a beginner.

There is no need to judge yourself or blame yourself if you miss one class because it is quite natural to miss some classes when you do it in a consistent manner. There may be a number of reasons to miss the regular classes but never let go of your goal and aims.

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