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Do you need to practice yoga every day?

Question: Do I need to practice yoga every day?

The short answer: No.

The longer answer: No, but …

For some people, making time to practice yoga 45-90 minutes every day is too much. There are plenty of other things you could be doing in that time. Because of that, many find themselves turning to longer practices once or twice a week. Is that wrong? No. Will it give you the maximum results when it comes to gaining flexibility? No.

That’s not to say you won’t get any results from a once-a-week yoga routine. You will. Longer bouts of yoga a couple times a week are a great supplement to other workouts you may be doing. Depending on the style of yoga you are practicing, these practices can also help improve your cardiovascular system (i.e., the efficiency of your heart).

do i need to practice yoga dailyBut what if you could fit in shorter sessions more often throughout the week?

Studies show that doing shorter bouts of yoga daily (10 minutes or so) can improve your overall fitness similar to practicing once or twice a week. In fact, it could improve your flexibility better than doing longer sessions less frequently. Sure, that means you’ll have to schedule time most days of the week to get those benefits, but the time you have to put in each day shortens considerably.

Daily practice vs. weekly practice

So what’s really better: to practice yoga every day or to practice a couple times a week? The answer depends on your lifestyle and your goals.

If your goal is to maintain your current flexibility, supplement other workouts and/or improve your cardiovascular fitness, practicing a couple times a week is a good base. On the other hand, if you want to work on gradually getting more flexible and improving your cardiovascular fitness at the same time, shorter bouts of yoga every day will be more effective than longer sessions.

All that said, there’s no need to go for the all-or-nothing approach. Some stretching and breath practice each week is better than none. If you simply can not fit in two or three longer sessions a week but can put in 10-15 minutes each evening before going to bed, great!

If you want workouts you can do when they best fit your schedule, check out the Body and Mind by Muna online gym!

outdoor yoga practice by Jean Herrique Wichinoski via Flikr

Yoga and religion: The “Is Yoga Against My Religion” Debate

From the origins of yoga to the meditative state some people achieve, there are a quite a few reasons people believe practicing yoga goes against their religious beliefs. In an effort to practice religious tolerance, I am not a believer in telling people whether or not yoga is against their religion. Instead, I like to promote lively, thought-provoking discussions surrounding yoga and religion. Continue reading

Why teachers love final rest

As a student, nothing beats the feeling of falling into final rest after a really intense yoga practice. Even if the practice wasn’t THAT intense, final rest still feels great. Again, as a student, I usually want nothing more than to lay there for a long time (usually longer than the instructor thinks is adequate). Why? Because it’s relaxing. I get to soak up the benefits of my practice. (Read more about why students love final rest here.) Continue reading

Why students love final rest

Few things give you the same feeling as laying on your back after an hour of strenuous physical activity. At the end of each and every yoga practice, you get that sensation. We may not practice Warrior I or Bridge or Crow every class, but we certainly do make time for final rest. It’s during this time that we get to absorb the benefits from our practice. Continue reading

Mountain pose. Copyright Body and Mind by Muna

A yoga retreat for you!

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge [Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service]Guess what? We’re having a yoga retreat, and we want YOU to join us! Last year, we had a great time out at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. We hiked, we meditated, we did some yoga … it was great! If you missed out last year, have no fear. We will be heading out the the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge again in September.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: You! Feel free to invite your friends, family and co-workers – the more the merrier.

What: A one-day yoga retreat. We’ll be hiking, meditating, breathing, yoga-ing and more!

When: Sunday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman, MN. It’s abut 1 hour northwest of the Twin Cities.

Why: Spend the day outdoors with a workout including hiking and practicing yoga, and get in touch with nature at the same time. Plus, you’ll be able to connect with other yogis from around the Twin Cities!

How much: $50/person. You can secure your spot here.

Other info: Please be sure to bring a yoga mat, water and a bag lunch with you. We will eat in between the hiking and yoga-ing.

Do you have questions about this? Just let us know!


Secure your spot for our one-day yoga retreat today





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New year, new you? A different approach to resolutions

When it comes to setting resolutions for the new year, people have the tendency to go overboard. They want to go from zero to 60 in two seconds flat.

“I am never going to eat another piece of chocolate again.”

“I am going to workout every day for 3 hours.”

“I am never going to say another mean word.”

“I am going to lose 20 (or 50 or 100) pounds.”

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What’s your yoga goal?

Whether you have big dreams of being able to do handstands wherever, Eight anglewhenever you want or your ambitions lie somewhere closer to relieving back or hip pain, everyone is different. And that’s ok! As you begin practicing yoga, ask yourself what your goal is. Do you have one?

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Styles of yoga are not one-size-fits all

Let’s be real and tell the truth. Yoga is not a one-size-fits-all work-in. Firelog

Don’t freak out. Anyone (yes, anyone!) can do yoga. It’s just a matter of which style of yoga they choose to do. Just like there are many options when it comes to choosing a group fitness class (Zumba anyone!), you get a variety when you’re choosing a yoga class. Continue reading

Getting bendy: Yoga for flexibility

We’ve talked about some of the benefits of yoga before. Feeling better, balancing our body and mind, and becoming more confident about ourselves are just a few of the many, many benefits of practicing yoga. But, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yoga is also about increasing flexibility. In fact, you might join a yoga class just for the flexibility aspect of it. Here are a few key points to remember as you train your body to become more flexible. Continue reading

How do you get your yoga practice on?

Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or you’re just starting out, it’s important to remember that yoga is a journey. It’s a twisting a winding road that sometimes leads us to unexpected places – places we never imagined. On this journey, it’s quite possible that what used to work for your body may not work anymore or the reason you originally started practicing is no longer your main concern. outdoor yoga practice by Jean Herrique Wichinoski via Flikr

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