How Many Times Should I Do Yoga Before I Can Reap Benefits?
For a beginner of Yoga, as for the advanced student, one of the most common questions is: how much should I practice Yoga? The simple answer is: "Whenever you can." It seems nice for people to say this (and comforting to you, to know it) but it's not exactly the right answer.
Yogis have answered this question from time to time for thousands of years, and the answer has never changed. Do you really want to hear it? Listening to the answer will provoke you, change you and challenge you. All right, you've been warned
The question "How often" implies a measurable number, a finite quantity that we can reach, mark and end. A bit like brushing your teeth twice a day, changing the oil every 5000 km or visiting your mother-in-law once a year. You did it. Mission accomplished.
There are also experts who will argue that practicing Yoga two or three times a week is what it takes to get results. What they don't define for you is what "results" they refer to. A flexible body? Lower stress? Cosmic union?
Even the word "practice" is itself misleading.© reliberceed.com It implies that when you want to become an expert in something, you simply practice it. How to learn to play the piano or drop a ball into a basket while playing basketball, all you do is practice because, after all, practice makes perfect, right?
Maybe for some things, but not for Yoga. In Yoga, practice never makes perfect. Perfection is an illusory goal that keeps you firmly in the ego-making game and removes you from the path of spiritual realization - which is the only result that counts in Yoga or in your life.
Does this mean that the practice itself is a deceptive way of seeing Yoga? Absolutely not. Yoga is 99 percent practical, and one percent is knowing what to practice. You need a teacher for that one percent, the rest you do yourself.
So, here is the answer to "How often should I practice Yoga?": Practice Yoga enough, so that it is no longer a practice. It stops being a practice and becomes what you are.
Before determining how many times you have to practice, you should ask yourself: how to practice? What are you looking for?
Yoga is born as a way to lead you to liberation from ego, from ignorance that does not allow you to visit islands of peace and beyond (ecstasy) within you.
To reach these "places," the disciple lived with his Master for a whole year. Day by day he lived yoga in its sweetness and in its roughness, not only practiced it ... The way of yoga is, therefore, an attitude, a way of living, feeling, thinking, acting.
But how often do you do yoga?
We just have to practice it with the intention of meeting ourselves to love each other, and not to challenge ourselves or accumulate physical, psychic and emotional tensions (in this we are already outstanding).
If you devote even just half an hour a day to the formal practice on the mat, like the drop that digs the rock, and 23 hours to the informal practice in your life - I intend to cultivate the desire for research, awareness, not enlightenment- your existence will be satisfying and full of meaning.
In fact, making yoga a part of us can only happen if you practice Yoga every day.
When you practice every day, it becomes a habit, it becomes your routine; it becomes your life. You don't have to do the practice to get out of bed every day ... why is it necessary to practice Yoga every day? It is enough to do it every day, as you do with your life - it is not separate from you - it is a part of you.
When you do Yoga every day, it ceases to be a practice and becomes a Sadhana. A Sadhana is your method and your path to achieving the true result for which Yoga exists.
You cannot negotiate with yourself on this fact. You can't say, "I'll do Yoga 6 days a week, and then I'll take a vacation", or "I've been very good lately, so now I'll take a week off from Yoga and catch up on all the TV shows I've recorded."
And remember, all this practice of Yoga, even every day, doesn't make perfect. There is no end to this. You can't do this for six months, three years or even 30 years and then decide that you've done Yoga enough, that your practice actually made you perfect.
Yoga is a condemnation to daily life that will get you out of the prison of suffering and the loss of the Self. It's the most selfishly altruistic thing you can do.
So ... how often should you practice yoga?
Remember, I said that this answer would have provoked and challenged you, as well as changed. It is the same answer that has been given to all Yoga researchers: practice Yoga as often as you can and for as long as you do it every day, for the rest of your life.
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