Congrats for starting yoga and pilates classes, your body will thank you for it!
I've been at it for 2 years and I seem to find the best results by getting an hour at least 5 days a week for yoga, I would do it everyday but I don't have enough time. I also alternate walking, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, light weights and core strengthening 4-5) days a week.
It's different day to day, but even after one session, I can sometimes see an improvement in my posture, balance, attitude and flexibility. As far as seeing the improvements in toning, it takes some time, you'll start noticing the core strengthening within a few weeks, we well as the toning in your legs and back.
Hi, the best frequency for yoga sessions depends very much on the style and intensity... If it's fairly light and you're not exhausted after a practise, everyday is probably good. If it's something like "hot yoga", you may want to do this only a few times per week. What kind of classes have you signed up for?
It's not hot yoga. Just the basic one I guess. Doesn't really say on the schedule...just says Yoga. I do alot of the basic poses. I do work up a sweat during it. I also do Piyo twice a week which is a combo of Pilates and Yoga. Very good class. In addition I do Pilates for an hour class twice a week along with Cardio kickboxing. I have lost 17 lbs since starting in October and lost many inches!! I love working out and will continue to as long as my body allows me to!!
As a beginner it is better for you to do it two to three times per week. Once you have the feel and confidence to do all the basic poses then daily session will be good.
You should also include the sun-salutation poses.
Congratulations on making the commitment to getting healthy.
You are doing a lot of different things which is good. You will get a nice balance between strength, flexibility and conditioning.
Yoga is a lifelong journey so don't focus on your short term results because there won't be any. It takes a long time to get the strength and flexibility yoga demands. However, it is a powerful meditation and relaxation tool and you will feel those benefits immediately. That is probably what people enjoy the most when it comes to yoga. It forces you to slow down and become introverted for a few moments a day.
If you are doing basic yoga, you can absolutely do the asanas every day. They are a nice way to wind down at the end of the day or to start your day off, whichever you prefer. I just would use them as a stretch and relaxation on the days when you are doing cardio or pilates-yoga rather than pushing your body.
Yoga is one of those types of exercise you can do your entire life because it is low impact and has so many health benefits.
I did a lot of cardio kickboxing but found that after a while I kind of plateaued. So I turned to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) which is designed so you never plateau...
I have stubborn belly fat that I just couldn't shake after having my third child when I was in my 30s. HIIT training got me the results I was looking for in just a few weeks. I love the challenge as well.