Is It Worth It to Do Yoga Once a Week?

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If you have a busy, stressful life, you may think you could benefit from yoga. But will it do you any good if you can only manage to get to a yoga class once or twice a week? If you can get started, how often should you do yoga each week?

A busy, stressed-out person is a prime candidate for yoga and should benefit from taking up yoga. The physical and mental benefits make it worth getting started, even if you don't think you can commit to more than one class per week.

How Often Should You Do Yoga?

It is tricky to give a definitive answer for how often any one person should do yoga. If you go to yoga class once or twice a week, it will help you feel less stressed and more stretched, both good things. It may also fuel your fire to do more yoga, also a good thing.

The trouble is, if you only do yoga once a week, it kind of feels like you are starting over each time. You are likely to feel sore each time. You'll feel the benefits of an individual session, but it's hard to build a practice this way.

With yoga, more is more. Going to class two (good) or three (better) times a week is going to get you feeling a lot better. This is especially true when you are new to yoga and learning the different poses. Once you have those moves down, you will be better able to do yoga on your own outside of a class.

How Can You Fit Yoga Into Your Busy Schedule?

Now, the trouble is how to work all this yoga into your already overloaded schedule? A lunch-time class during your work day is a great way to sneak one in if you can manage it. Between classes, do a quick home stretching sequence, yoga video, or check out online classes. Even a short evening session before bed or a stretch at your desk is better than nothing.

You might ask for help from your partner or others in your life so you have time to attend class more frequently in the beginning. A yoga class is cheaper than therapy, and those who love you might appreciate that you could use the time to work on your mind and body.

If you are doing other workouts, you might look for ways to schedule them so they coordinate with a yoga class. Can you run, walk, or bike to yoga class, getting an aerobic workout? Is yoga offered at the same gym where you could do strength or aerobic workouts before or after or on alternate days? Is there a class located more conveniently to work or home or where you drop off your kids for sports practice?

Once again, more is more. Look for ways you can get more of this healthy activity in your life.

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