As much as I like to think working out is a top priority, it’s usually the first thing to topple off my to-do list when the day gets busy. My schedule’s been particularly jammed over the past few weeks, and as an unfortunate consequence my workouts either get pushed until right at the end of the day—around 10 p.m., which is not conducive to a good night’s sleep!—or get culled completely. I’ve gone from practicing yoga, something I love, three times a week, to barely squeezing in a Saturday morning class. Does this problem sound familiar?
While I know this is just an unusually busy time in my life, feeling as though I’m losing the fitness, strength, and flexibility I’ve gained over months (years even!) of hard work is only adding to the work-inflicted stress. So I spoke with Krissy Jones, founder of Sky Ting Yoga, to find out exactly how much yoga practice a busy girl can get away with, and still see results. If you’re also struggling to squeeze regular practice into your day, you need to read this.
“You can see basic health benefits after just one yoga class such as improved circulation, a sense of relaxation, and mental clarity immediately following (and even during) the class. Obviously the benefits are increased and prolonged the more you practice.”
“If you’re looking to see sustainable health effects from the practice, I would recommend practicing a minimum of two to four times per week to start, and increase to three to six times per week. If you commit to a routine, you’ll start to see improvements in your mental clarity, posture, stress level, respiratory system, energy, metabolism, and your hormones will become more balanced. Yoga is best practiced consistently over a long period of time and is a longevity practice. Because yoga is not aggressive and there are so many varied styles and forms, it’s safe to practice yoga daily.”
“If you haven’t done any form of activity and you start doing yoga regularly, you’ll see a dramatic shift in physique quite quickly. If you’re already fit and active, you’ll start to see results first in a reduction of stress and mental serenity first followed by more subtle results in terms of your physical appearance.”
“Yoga is not a fitness program, at least the yoga I teach and believe in, but it is a wellness program. Having a fit body is part of being well but it is not the goal, it’s just a side effect. But once you commit to a regular practice of three or four times per week, you’ll start to see changes in your body. You’ll become flexible yet strong. Your muscles become toned but not bulky. And often times your diet will naturally improve when you do a lot of yoga because your body will start to crave healthier fuel.”