The Benefits of Maintaining a Regular Yoga Practice

When my students ask me how often they should practice yoga, I say daily. I also say, practicing one to three times a week is ideal. Just like any other type of exercise, yoga benefits you when practiced more than once a week and on a consistent basis.

“The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” states Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.

"The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

  • increased flexibility

  • increased muscle strength and tone

  • improved respiration, energy and vitality (improving lung capacity)