Let us shout out to all who are working hard on improving their health because fitness is by nature difficult. Through YOGA, you engage in exercise that helps you feel confident that you are taking your health seriously.
Let us start out with how many times a week you can safely practice yoga. You know your body best. However, as a general rule of thumb, a healthy practice for Vinyasa Yoga is usually around 3-5 times a week. This gives you adequate time for rest. Rest is crucial to recover, get stronger and maintain your health. Speaking of rest, it is okay to take an entire week off from time to time. You might find you come back feeling stronger on many levels. There are also people who practice twice a day.
Often it is the purpose of why you are practicing yoga that is the salient point. If it is to burn a few extra calories or get physically stronger then running and lifting weights are viable options. Many people come to practice to get a workout. And that is a start. Rather than work that is focused outward, then, we are doing inward work. The key is to find an amount of practice that feels balanced for you. Balance is critical, as is consistency.
To get started, it is helpful to make a commitment to practice regularly 3 to 5 times weekly for four weeks and then re-evaluate. This gets you into the habit and lets you get stronger physically. You will start to see benefits almost immediately. Some experience a feeling of peace and relaxation after their first class. The work of the soul, the atman, takes a little longer. Expect to put some effort into this for a period of time.
YOGA is intended to connect you to your mind, body and spirit. This practice of being conscious and awake can help you live a richer and more fulfilling life. The physical practice is the way inside. It is the way we become present and bring awareness. There are many other ways in, such as meditation, chanting and mantra. The important point is get inside and become an observer of you. This will help you uncover and connect with your true and authentic self. And once you are in love with your life, it is a key leading to eternal youth.
Yoga is something you do for your health and happiness, but also for the community and for the people you love. You practice to feel connected with everything and everyone and to feel the bigger love that is all around you. It is something you will do for the rest of your life.
For more tips on yoga, contact Salem Fitness Center.