Before moving to Yoga FAQs let me share something interesting about human psychic. Which itself is quite important to know in general. But I think is the main reason why Yoga FAQs is still the most search term about yoga.
During my M.B.A marketing class, one of my professor and a great marketing guru once said. “It’s human nature that they always want a solution which is best, immediate and for free. The real marketer always tries to answer these three questions and tries to justify his product to prospective customers on the basis of these three questions.
Rest of the sale message is just a gimmickry either for the audience or the client.”
So even if we don’t want to sell/market anything, the human nature remains the same.
Maybe that is the reason that despite enormous benefits, yoga has gain popularity in only a particular type of audience.
And if you compare it with other types of workout, like weight-training, cross-training, cardio, Zumba, etc.
Yoga is generally perceived as mild and slow (by the way is not true at all).
But in any case, a lot of people and mostly ‘dudes’ are quite a skeptic about it.
And whenever you discuss the benefits of yoga with them, their immediate reaction is like;
Whether their skepticism is valid are not. The main point here is people are not yoga literate.
This article is an attempt to list down the questions which people most frequently ask about yoga. And I tried to answer them in a detailed manner which I think is required to give you the whole picture.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask in a comment below. Even if I don’t know the answer, I will find the one for you which will be best, immediate and for free 🙂
I have been recently fired from my job, and my girl dumps me for my yoga instructor. All because of my obsession with my laptop and this blog. So honestly, currently I have nothing else to do other than to respond to your quires.
The safest and most encouraging answer would be…………. ‘You may gain all the benefits of yoga even if you do it once a week’ (and to be honest it’s entirely true).
But to really get into yoga and to get the best out of it, you need to make it a part of your lifestyle. For that, you have to develop a consistent routine.
Till now I have found very few examples of people who have developed a habit of doing yoga once a week and these are the people who do yoga in a group.
The ones who do it alone always get too busy, too tired or just not in the mood the very next week.
Therefore I may recommend at least thrice a week alternate days.
That is the only way you will observe the benefits, build flexibility and strengthen the muscles of the targeted areas.
Which itself is a great motivation to continue.
Doing once a week, you will creaking like an old stiff chair and would be farting all over the place.
Practicing yoga does stretch some muscles, but it is a lot more than stretching.
It is like saying oranges are fruit. Therefore, all fruits are oranges.
Some significant differences among them are;
Good one! Anyone from age 12 to 120.
It is for every age and every weight as long as you know your limitations and listens to your body. Initially, you may face some difficulty in performance which may be due to your age, weight or form (or because of all three).
You may also feel some muscle sores but nothing to worry about (as long as the pain is in the muscles, not joints and within the bearable threshold) the more you practice, the quicker such issues will resolve and you will get better in form, shape and overall health.
Eating healthy is always beneficial with or without yoga.
However, I would suggest not to focus on too many things at the start.
Just practice yoga and it will take its course. However, I do advise not to eat anything 2 to 3 hours before your yoga practice as different body twists and bends during you session may make you uncomfortable.
Just you and relaxing space and that is it.
By the way relaxing is a relative term, so do not make it an excuse.
Wear something comfortable, not too baggy not too tight. Anything which doesn’t cause any hindrance in your movements and stretching.
Once you find the rhythm, you may opt for few accessories like yoga mats, yoga blocks, pants, and shorts. But these accessories will only support your practice once you develop one. These are not ultimately essential.
30 minutes is the ideal time. The more, the better. But people rarely able to manage more than 30 minutes on a daily basis. And less than 30 minutes is less efficient with an exception for 29:59.
There is no time on which doing yoga could be harmful to you. Be it morning, afternoon, evening or night. Just try to be consistent in any time slot you opt for. Even if you are not in the beginning, it is entirely ok. You will, sooner or later.
However, it would be ideal to do yoga first thing in the morning for a number of reasons.