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phoenix_fire2010-07-05 10:10:56 +0000 #1
hi, im new to yoga..it was my new year resolution to take it up, so far im doing well, but i have a couple of questions.....how often should i do yoga and should i be aching and finding some of the poses a little painful???
phoenix_fire2010-07-05 10:24:32 +0000 #2
well its getting late here now in the uk.... if anyone can help can you please leave a message on here or email me...i think you can do that on this site....thanks
justwannabe2010-07-05 10:38:05 +0000 #3
phoenix, give the post some time because this is a question best answered by one of the experts. But as a general rule of thumb the more you put in, the more you get out.
Makena2010-07-05 11:07:56 +0000 #4
I am new some what but I believe you can do yoga everyday if you want to. I also think you are pushing yourself too hard. Don't go too far in a pose go as far as your body says to. Also when coming out of a pose go very slowly otherwise you'll hurt yourself. I found that out in one of my yoga class. I did at la fitness club.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 10:53:45 +0000 #5
Sorry for the tardy reply

I'll pose the question back to you. How often should YOU do yoga (and we're really talking about asana not yoga, right? Just the poses?).

You should do your practice with great passion and zeal but not with agression and competition - with others or yourself. If this is three days a week, fine. More importantly, to me, is that you find a discipline of practice. If you go once a week and do so for an entire year, great!

As you are new to the practice consider 2 or three times a week. See if that feels like you can maintainthat discipline.

As far as soreness, yes it is to be expected that you would have some muscles soreness the day after (or the day after that). That should diminish assuming you have a balanced practice.

Additionally some "discomfort" is also to be expected. However, you should NEVER have sharp pain in any joint. Never! If that is happening turn the intensity of effort down in those poses and seek the guidance of a well trained teacher to make sure you are part of the solution and not part of the problem.

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