Updated: Aug 29
It’s not about how often you do yoga but how you do it
You can do yoga 7 days a week, but if you are not using the right techniques, you probably won’t feel the health benefits.
The first question that springs to mind when you start with a yoga practice shouldn't be "how often should I practice yoga" but "HOW should I practice yoga".
You need to understand some basic principles in order for yoga to be an effective practice for both the mind and body.
Let's take a look at some of those core principles.
1. Engage your hands and feet
You should try to push the mat away with your hands and your feet, almost as if you are resisting the force of gravity. Only then will your muscles engage and actually be put to work.
2. Understand the crucial rule of alignment, which is to always have the joints in a straight line
For example, if you are in a standing posture, such as a warrior, you need to make sure your knee doesn’t go further forward than your ankle. If you follow this principle, you won’t injure yourself and will be able to take your practice further quicker.
3. Don’t push yourself too far too soon
Yes, you may have seen pictures of what you think certain poses ‘should’ look like but always take things slow. Gradual progression is where you will see results sooner. If you push yourself too far too soon, you will injure yourself and push past a point of no return!
4. Enjoy the process!
Yoga is all about being kind to yourself and others. Zero judgement. If something isn't enjoyable, you shouldn't do it! It's as simple as that. Any yoga teacher who tries to pressure you to practice a pose that doesn't feel comfortable to you is not a good teacher.
Pain does not equal growth when it comes to yoga! Remember that. Step by step is the best way to improve your practice and get the most out of it.
So answer my question! How often should I practice yoga?
If you follow these principles and practice 2-3 times a week, you will see a rapid
improvement in strength and flexibility, as well as your posture and ability to be more present in your life.