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New to yoga, how much how often?

tinkabell842010-07-05 17:07:22 +0000 #1

I'm quite a seasoned exerciser, but am new to yoga. I run a lot, and train for half marathons, but recently had trouble with injury. I know that becoming more flexible is a great way to prevent injury, and I've heard lots said about how yoga can help runners.

I want to start up and have been to classes but couldn't get on with them. I am terrible at clearing my mind and focusing, I end up contemplating what to make for dinner or planning lessons. I find 90 minutes too long as well, and when I do yoga on my own I find I am much better at focusing on what i'm doing. I enjoy the time alone too.

I have a couple of DVDs, with several 20 minute workouts on them. I considered doing one of these 20 minute workouts every morning before work. Would this be enough for me to notice a difference?

Many thanks for reading

terrestrial2010-07-05 17:19:19 +0000 #2
20 minutes a day sounds like a great amount of time for a beginner. I think you will definitely see some improvement. In addition to this you should try to find a class you can take once a week--you can develop lots of bad habits on your own without a teacher. I don't know where you are, but if you look around you should be able to find a one hour class for beginners. Shop around until you find a teacher/class you like--it will make all the difference. Good Luck!

tinkabell842010-07-05 17:36:49 +0000 #3
Hey there

Thanks for your reply. My local gym, of which I'm a member, do classes that I know many have recommended. They recently added a Sunday one so I will contemplate going to that. I'm relieved to hear 20 minutes would be adequate for a beginner, I do so much training otherwise I know I'd struggle to fit any more into my day.

I will definitely return to this forum as I get more into it!

Katie x
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 17:40:37 +0000 #4
What sort of difference are you wanting?



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