Many beginners will have a similar question always striking their mind. How often they should practice yoga? There is no short answer to this question. Because a quick Yoga is not a solution for getting stronger, more flexible or losing a few pounds. Scientific studies also increasingly show its positive role in maintaining mental and physical health.
It is an encompassing practice that cultivates a connection between body and mind.
Yoga doesn’t come in a pill
Whenever people ask how often they should get on the mat to stay fit, I can say that it takes time. Moreover, dedicated practice is necessary to truly see the effects.
It can help develop strength, flexibility, as well as help heal from various issues. However, commitment is the key. That may not be a big surprise, but in some ways, yoga requires a little more long-term dedication than other exercises, since it doesn’t typically have quick, dramatic physical results.
If you’re short on time, practices don’t have to be long either. Many instructors agree that it can actually be more effective to practice frequently for shorter amounts of time (i.e. 15-30 minutes) than to have fewer longer sessions. However, if once a week is all you can manage, then do it and enjoy. The benefits of the practice will still be there.
Yoga isn’t an escape
Something that separates yoga from most other workouts is our mental presence. Yoga is a mindful practice.
One of the niyamas (observances) in the Yoga Sutras, svadhyaya, is translated as ‘self-study,.’ Likewise, it encourages us to reflect on our habits, choices, and behavior. In this way, It teaches you to be present for every moment, to be an active participant and less addicted to a routine. You can learn to be more attentive to your needs and ultimately, feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Yoga doesn’t stay on the mat
Most of this fine print is linked by one thread: for yoga to be a truly effective “workout,” be prepared to be more accountable in the practice. It’s not just about how often you get on the mat. By being an engaged participant, you can achieve much more than mere physical goals. If you’re open to it, this practice can change the way you operate off the mat, too; from the relationships you have, the passions you cultivate, down to the food you choose to eat.
You can still practice it while patiently waiting in line at the grocery store, working at the office, at home cooking a meal, or on your mat. This practice unites every part of your life.
“Practice and all is coming.”- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Making Yoga as a part of your daily routine can improve your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.
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