How Long Should You Hold Yoga Poses

What’s one of the most common questions I get asked all the time by yogis and runners alike? “How long should I hold that yoga pose?” It makes sense that the length of a pose causes a lot of confusion: often yoga books, websites, and bloggers will simply show the pose (guilty!) and not share how long you should stay in the pose. I hope this post helps to clarify some of the questions surrounding how long to hold yoga poses. THERE’S NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL ANSWER I’ll let you in on a little secret: I think a lot of the time, when yoga teachers don’t always share how long to hold a pose when explaining it, it’s because there’s no one single answer. When you boil it all down, yoga should be about what feels right in your body. My yoga pose will look different from your yoga poses because our bodies are put together differently. Similarly, you may need to hold a pose for a shorter (or longer) period of time than I do to get the same benefits.

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