How often should I practice yoga? I get this question from so many yogis! It is awesome that you are thinking about this! (pat yourself on the back) Everybody is going to have different answers to this question depending on their needs and circumstance.
The answer to this question depends on two main factors:
- Your goals
- How quickly you want to achieve this goal
Here are a few examples of the most common situations I come across:
Scenario one: I want to get more flexible. Nothing to crazy, I just want to be able to touch my toes, feel better, and prevent injuries. I want to achieve this within a few months.
Answer: You should be practicing yoga 2-3 times per week. Preferably for 45 minutes to an hour. Alternatively you could practice everyday for 15-20 minutes.
Scenario two: I want to get SUPER flexible and be able to do all of the cool yoga poses I see on Instagram. I want this as soon as possible, like now!
Answer: To gain a lot of flexibility you should have a dedicated practice every day for 45 minutes to an hour. Each day you should alternate your focus so your body will have a chance to recover in other areas. However, deep flexibility can not be forced or rushed. If you push yourself too fast you will end up injured. Learn to love your practice and all of the amazing things your body can do. Some postures will come easy, others will take YEARS to achieve. Yoga is a journey and a way of life, not a destination.
Scenario three: I am recovering from an injury. I just need yoga to make it better asap so I can get back to my [insert favorite sport/activity here].
Answer: You should be practicing for 15-30 minutes a day. If you are crazy busy just stretch on the go. It is important to rehabilitate injuries. Work closely with a yoga teacher to make sure you are practicing the correct form because form is super crucial to heal and prevent further injury. Make sure your yoga practice caters to your injury. You should be alternating stretch and strength movements to heal and strengthen the area. Remember after you feel better to keep up your yoga routine 3 times a week to prevent re-injury. The biggest mistake I see people make is using yoga to get better and then falling off the wagon. DOING YOGA PREVENTS INJURY!! Wouldn’t you rather prevent an injury than heal one? (end rant)
Featured Yoga Pose
Tip Toe Bound Wheel Pose Pose | Prapada Chakra Bandhasana
How to: Start laying on your back. place your hands by your ears and start to lift to wheel pose. Rest the top of your head on the mat for support as you bring your forearms down to the mat. Next lift your head off of the mat and lift up onto your toes. If you have the space then walk your feet to your hands and grab onto the feet. Remember to breathe!!!
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