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Performing multiple reps of yoga poses helps build power, strength and stamina.
It's easy to follow your yoga instructor and not give a thought to how many reps of each pose you do within a session. And unless she consistently puts you through poses you find difficult to do, you probably don't even notice when you end up doing a pose more than once. When you decide to do your own yoga workout, though, you might wonder how many reps of each pose you should perform.
It Can Vary
There is no set number of times you should repeat a yoga pose during a workout. It can vary, and will depend on how many poses you set out to do. For instance, you might pick 10 poses and go through them all once, maybe twice. Or you could chose only three poses and move fluidly from one to the next, doing multiple sets and multiple reps by starting over with the first pose each time you complete the third one.
Time is a Factor
How much time you have for your yoga workout on any given day can dictate how many reps of each yoga pose you perform. If you have only 10 minutes for yoga, you'll be fortunate to get through a partial workout, doing each pose once. But when you have more time, such as 30 to 60 minutes, you'll have plenty of time to work through several poses at least twice if not more.
More Reps for Power Building
Once you've mastered the yoga poses you want to include in your workout, doing more reps of them will help build power. This will improve your performance, giving you the strength and control you need for poses like Downward-Facing Dog, Handstands and Sirsasana. In her article "Arms Control" for the May-June 2005 issue of "Yoga Journal," Julie Gudmestad told readers to work on longer hold times along with increased reps for best results in increasing power.
Repeat Until Failure
If you've spent much time in the weight room, you've probably heard a coach or personal trainer advising a lifter to "go 'til failure." If you've wondered what that's all about, it's a technique for increasing strength. You can use the same principle with yoga to increase strength as well as stamina. You may already have had an experience with a yoga instructor who has directed you to do a certain pose for as many reps as you can with strength building and endurance being the goal.