Should you do yoga every day?
There are several ways to answer the question: “Should I do yoga every day?” The right approach for you depends on your perspective and definition of yoga.
It depends on what your body needs and the type of yoga practice you are doing.
In the broadest sense, the answer is “Yes.”
If you think about what yoga is as a whole, define how we live. It can guide the way you interact with the world, and it’s a very good guide in that.
Part of yoga is being kind to people, living according to ethical guidelines such as ahimsa or nonviolence, and satya, which describes truth and honesty.
When you consider this broad perspective of yoga as a way of living with the highest integrity, then it makes sense that we practice it every day.
However, most of the time people ask this question, they refer to the practice of the physical asana. Should you go to your mat and practice every day?
Well, that depends.
What kind of yoga do you do? Are you serving your body in the highest way? Is it aligned both physically and philosophically with your greater good?
Those are the questions you really need to know to decide if you should go to your mat every day.
For me, the answer is yes, most of the time. However, my practices vary in duration and intensity. Sometimes I do 6 full practices in a week, with only a little conscious stretching on the seventh day. Sometimes I do four practices of 60-90 minutes in a week, with shorter practices in between.
My body asks me to do yoga. When I omit breathing and movement, the asana, I feel something is missing. I want to go to my mat, or at least do 10 or 15 minutes on the carpet as a small break in my day.
And some days it is more appropriate to rest. When women are in their menstrual cycle, sometimes the body wants a day off. Sometimes, when the body fights an illness or injury, the best thing to do is not practice.
On the other hand, sometimes the best thing you can do is move your breathing and circulation to help the body’s natural healing abilities.