What's the Best Way to Practice Yoga?

16 June, 2019
To reap the most benefits of practicing yoga, it's appropriate to include it in your daily routine and spend a certain amount of time doing it.

Yoga is an ancient discipline that originated in India. Its goal is to find balance and happiness. To do this, the person resorts to relaxation and meditation practices that let them connect with their spiritual self. But what’s the recommended way to practice yoga? When is the best time to do it?

In this article, we invite you to delve deeper into this technique so you can make the most of it, whether you practice it as a group or individually. Let yourself be seduced by yoga, which has become a lifestyle for people who want to improve both inside and out.

For How Long Should You Practice Yoga?

A woman meditating by the sea.

There are no strict rules when it comes to practicing yoga. The development of this discipline is very individual. Since its goal is to find a balance between mind, body, and soul, it’s very difficult to put a time limit on it.

Yoga is usually a long-term path that can lead to a lifestyle.

Therefore, respecting each particular situation, the ideal thing is to practice it several times a week. Many people choose 20 to 30 minute sessions, three times a week. However, it’ll all depend on each person’s individual factors (work obligations, family commitments, etc.).

Take a look at this article: Yoga for Beginners: 5 Basic Yoga Poses

When Is the Best Time to Practice It?

Many people choose to practice yoga in the morning, before starting their daily activities and obligations. Yoga serves to energize the mind and body in the best way possible through relaxation, meditation, and the practice of different yoga poses. 

Although practicing yoga in the morning may involve a sacrifice since it means you have to wake up earlier, it’s worth it because it provides you a lot of energy.

It’s also customary to choose the end of the day to do a few minutes of yoga. Practicing it at that time allows you to calm your mind and body of the accelerated pace of daily activities. Thanks to yoga, millions of people have overcome insomnia, stress, and anxiety.

Yoga at Any Time

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One of the great benefits of relaxation and meditation practices that yoga offers is that they allow you to turn off your mind for a bit. A calm, quiet, and peaceful mind will translate into more lucid, orderly, and coherent thoughts. But when your mind is overwhelmed or overloaded, it’ll be harder for you to be productive.

Yoga helps silence all those mental dialogues that waste your energy. Yoga is all about letting your mind go blank and concentrating on your body. This way, you can connect with your inner self and, for example, even hear your own heartbeat.

Discover: 5 Yoga Poses to Practice If You’re Not Very Flexible

Take Things Day by Day

You shouldn’t expect amazing results from yoga within a few days. The physical benefits, such as the ones we mention below, take some time to be noticed:

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Greater elasticity
  • More toned muscles
  • Improved nervous system
  • Burns calories
  • Improved joint health

Therefore, it’s advisable to have a patient and calm attitude when it comes to practicing yoga. It’s better to consider it a lifestyle and incorporate it into your daily activities.

A woman doing a yoga pose.

Drink Water Whenever you Practice Yoga

While yoga may seem a simple exercise that requires little physical effort, it’s not. Depending on the type of yoga you’re going to practice, the body burns calories and, therefore, fat.

Thus, it’s very important to keep your body well hydrated and drink two liters of water a day, especially during your practice. This way, your tissues and organs will work better and you’ll avoid some injuries that are typical of lack of hydration.

This discipline is also considered a good way to cleanse the body. Therefore, drinking water will help rid your body of toxins. If you practice it in the morning, it helps activate your body. At night, it’ll aid your body’s detoxification process.

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