So, how much yoga is too much? Just like everything else in life, there is a point where -even with yoga- you went too far and that thing can be actually bad.
But how to know when it’s too much?
Simple! Just listen to your body, it will tell you loud and clear when it’s enough. At the end of the day, yoga is a physical practice that requires a certain amount of strength. You cannot just unroll your yoga mat whenever you like without taking into account your present condition be it physical, mental or emotional. After all, yoga is a joint venture of mind, body and soul to give you that “perfect health!” Missing on any of these elements may not offer you the desired results.
Speaking of which, yoga is a therapeutic system of exercises which can be learned and practiced in a number of ways. There are many different styles of yoga that you can opt depending upon your personal goals.
Every form of yoga has its own yoga sequences to target a specific goal starting from strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility to sleep problems, weight management, pain management, and so on.
Then there’s that proper yoga diet (plant-based) without which you won’t be able to sustain the physical effects of yoga let alone gain its health benefits.
The point is that it is these factors such as your current state, personal goals, yoga style and diet that determines the intensity, speed and duration of a yoga sequence which may differ from style to style and person to person.
Therefore, before hitting the floor and getting onto your yoga mat, you must check the following:
- Are you feeling fit to exercise?
- Have you recovered from your previous yoga session?
- Have you had the proper diet as planned?
- Did you sleep enough?
If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then you can go ahead and get on with your yoga routine as usual. But if your answer to any of these questions is No, then I’m afraid you should stop.
Over-ambition can not only take away the efficacy of your yoga session but can also cause injuries, the last thing you ever want.
There are many different styles of yoga that you can opt depending upon your personal goals.
To avoid any mishap, it’s better to practice yoga the right way. Here’s what you can do:
- Take your yoga practice slow while gradually advancing from simple to complex forms. Try and maintain a soft and steady approach as opposed to being aggressive and inconsistent. Starting slow will allow you to learn proper forms as well as reduce the risks of injury.
- Focus on your form with full awareness so as to enjoy and experience the yoga practice instead of fantasizing about its effects. By being attentive and aware of your yoga sequence, not only will you learn a pose well but will also be able to understand the different variations of that pose.
Once you get familiar with other variations, you can include them in your daily routine to avoid monotony and repetitive strain on same muscle groups.
- Try something different every day, for instance, switch between different variations of the same pose, or practice different sequences (once you’ve gained a little experience), or refrain from too tough and complicated poses until you can execute them properly.
Working the same poses day after day can exert a lot of burn on your muscles and joints. This in turn can cause repetitive strain and lead to RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury which occurs when the same set of muscle groups and joints are overused or put under repetitive motion.
- Warm-up and cool-off before and after every yoga session respectively. One of the major reasons for injuries and discomfort is practicing yoga with cold and dead muscles. Thus, it’s essential to begin with a quick warm-up so as to improve the blood circulation, get your metabolism up and running, and prepare the muscles and joints for an effective session.
Don’t forget to cool down afterwards by running a body scan. This will help you understand how your body is feeling after your yoga practice and whether or not you might have overexerted any part of your body.
So, the golden question now is, can you do yoga daily?
Well, of course! Yoga may very well be a life-long practice for those who are careful with it in the first place. For those who’re not, it may end up as a short-term course with no real advantage.
Start slow, understand everyone has their own limits that need to be explored carefully. Be aware of your form and movement along with controlled breathing.
Don’t overdo your yoga workout because that can make way for injury and keep you from practicing it the next day. Remember, consistency is extremely important in order to gain maximum benefits.
Regular yoga within your limits can prove to be a fine line between good and poor health. As a lifestyle, it can delay, control and help you manage many of the natural afflictions of aging and time.
Remember, consistency is extremely important in order to gain maximum benefits.