Most people think of yoga as a workout that lasts an hour or so. But the truth is, a yoga session can last anywhere from five to 90 minutes — or even longer! So how long should your yoga session be? It depends on a bunch of different factors, including:
- The type of yoga you’re practicing.
- Whether you’re practicing at home or in a yoga studio.
- Your own personal goals and needs.
Typical Yoga Session Lengths
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the typical yoga session length. Yoga classes can be of different lengths, depending on the type of yoga and the teacher’s preferences.
But speaking in general terms, you can expect yoga classes to last:
- 60 minutes for beginner and intermediate classes.
- 90 minutes for longer classes and certain styles. This length is often used for more advanced students or workshops.
- 120 minutes for a very long class, usually used for retreats or yoga teacher training.
While a class schedule might give you a better indication of how long you can expect to be in the studio, it’s not always obvious how long you’ll be on the mat.
Hatha classes typically last 60 minutes but can be shorter or longer depending on the teacher.
Bikram or Hot Yoga
Bikram and other hot yoga classes typically last 90 minutes.
Yin yoga classes last around 75 minutes.
Vinyasa classes vary in length but are typically around 60 to 75 minutes long.
Ashtanga yoga classes are typically one hour long but can be shorter or longer depending on the teacher’s preference.
Iyengar yoga classes last 90 minutes.
Restorative yoga classes typically last 60 minutes but can be shorter or longer depending on the yoga instructor.
Power yoga classes are typically about 90 minutes long from start to finish.
Benefits of Long Yoga Classes
There are many benefits to attending long yoga classes.
Some of these benefits of longer classes include:
- More time to explore yoga poses and learn about their benefits.
- More time to build a rapport with your teacher, which can help you better understand the instructions.
- A gradual increase in intensity through the yoga sequences (particularly helpful for beginners).
- An opportunity to deepen your yoga practice, relax into the poses, and experience more of the body and mind benefits.
- More time to relax and rejuvenate during Savasana.
Benefits of Short Yoga Classes
There are plenty of benefits to going for shorter sessions — and science backs it up. According to a 2014 study, young adults developed better balance after committing to just three one-hour yoga classes per week for five weeks.
Some of these benefits of shorter classes are a good option if you’re:
- Short on time.
- Looking for more intensity in less time.
- Planning to attend more than one or two classes a week.
- Looking for more variety to keep your practice fresh and interesting.
The Bottom Line: Consistency Is Key in Yoga
You’ll reap the health benefits if you invest in a regular yoga practice, whether the class is 20 or 120 minutes.
If you can’t make it to an extended class, try attending a shorter one. And if you’re short on time, try doing a few basic poses at home. Yoga is a lifelong practice, so the most important thing is that you find what works best for you and stick with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many minutes of yoga should I do a day?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some people may only need 20 minutes a day, while others may need an hour. The best way to figure out how much yoga you need is to experiment and see what works best for you.
Is 20 minutes of yoga a day enough?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some people may find that 20 minutes a day is enough, while others may need more or less time. The best way to figure out what works for you is to experiment and see what feels right.
Meagan Morris is the editor in chief of Celebribody. She's veteran health and wellness editor with over 15 years of experience. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Yahoo Health, Cosmopolitan, SELF, and Women's Health, among others. She spends most of her time writing, but her favorite part of the day is spent under a barbell doing squats.