If you've taken up a yoga practice, you may be wondering how frequently you should be rolling out your yoga mat. The decision of how often to practice comes down to personal goals and your own preferences. Whether you practice yoga once a week or every day, you can experience the benefits of yoga both on and off your mat.
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits.
You know your body best. However, as a general rule of thumb, a healthy practice for vinyasa yoga is usually around 3-5 times a week. This gives you adequate time for rest. Rest is crucial to recover, get stronger and maintain your health.
I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that's fine too. Don't let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don't worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.