Monday, July 22, 2013

How often should You practice Yoga?

Your yoga practice is very personal. Each person is working with his/her own mind, body, finances and schedules. People practice for different reasons too: some practice to lose weight, some to calm their mind, while others want to build greater strength or flexibility. The wonderful thing about yoga is that you can do it anywhere, with just yourself! I think it’s important to attend classes when you can, so an instructor can do adjustments with you, to build your awareness of how you move, how to practice safely, and how to use your breathe in a pose.

- If you just enjoy stretching, then you can do yoga whenever you want, but don’t expect any concrete results and don’t think that you are actually practicing yoga.
- If it is your first time and you are just starting, practice at least once a week, absolutely not less.
- After 6 or 8 weeks, aim to practice twice a week if you can. Not less than once.
- Maybe after 6 months or a year, if it is right for you and you want to see more progress, then practice 3 or 4 times a week when you can.
- If you are planning to teach, then start to aim for 6 days a week, not less than 5.

When and if yoga becomes your way of life then it is up to you, you will know what’s best for you already. If your life and your body permits, then why not aim to practice everyday and just rest when your body tells you it’s time to rest.

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