That depends upon your goal. You may feel relaxed after one week (4 times a week). For body toning 3 months.For treating a particular disease or physical weakness(like impotence or stomach problem)) may take 6 to 8 months. Do not expect miracle to happen overnight. Also,in the beginning learn from the professional. If you are looking for real mental peace consider VIPASANA OR VIPASYANA. It is amazing. Good luck.
Yoga is not about results or instant gratification. It is not about movement. Yoga is about awareness.
Yoga means “unity.”
Therefore, as soon as you become centered on your mat & set your intention, be it for yourself, someone, a cause or an event, then you have a result.
If you want the science of movement, try tai chi or spinning class.
“Yoga is the science of action, not the science of movement.” – BKS Iyengar
MANY FACTORS DEPEND ON YOU. I LIKE KUNDALINI YOGA BEST AND FOUND THAT THE RESULTS WERE VERY REFRESHING FROM THE START – UNLIKE WESTERN EXERCISES WHICH TEND TO WEAR ME DOWN AT FIRST. BUT THIS TYPE OF YOGA REQUIRES ONE TO EXPERIENCE AND PASS THROUGH A VALLEY OF PAIN. IT WAS A BIG VALLEY, BUT WOW, THE RESULTS WERE SENSATIONAL AND PERMANANT! GOOD LUCK.
Since you mention “fitness activity” in your question, I assume the results you’re looking for are better muscle tone, strength and flexibility. These are not the only benefits of yoga, and as many other answers have pointed out, they are not the main purpose of yoga, either. Yoga was created to help practitioners become present in every moment of their life.
Still, you want exercise, so how fast will you get “results?” What style of yoga are you practicing, how long are the practice sessions and how often are you practicing? You mention weekly. If you’re only doing yoga once a week, you should receive some stress reduction benefit immediately, and see some other exercise-type benefits in 6-8 weeks.
If you want to lose weight and you’re not doing any other type of “exercise”, you need to practice a minimum of 3 times per week, for at least an hour, and you need to do a style of yoga which includes “vinyasas” also knows as “sun salutes.” There has been a lot written about yoga, and many claim you can’t lose weight doing it, but I lost about 35 lbs doing no other “exercise” and without dieting either. Practicing 3-5 times per week, it took me almost two years to lose the weight, but I wanted a change that would last and it did. I started yoga as exercise, to lose weight and to get stronger (I was already very flexible.) I got all the results I wanted and many more–my ability to concentrate improved, my stress was greatly reduced and eventually I became much more awake–present in each moment. Yoga definitely changed my life.
If you’re younger when you start practicing yoga, it’s easier, but don’t be discouraged if you’re not. I didn’t take my first class until I was 42 and I’ve had many students who didn’t start until much later than that.
If by results you mean relaxation, then you will feel them perhaps an hour after the class. If you are looking to get into shape, my recommendation would be to take a hot yoga class and work out in addition to the class(perhaps a run) for best results, because after hot yoga you will feel extremely energized.
Yoga is a process which requires full dedication from your mind and body. Like if you are not relaxed in your mind and just wanted to do it like a routine basis it won’t help you a lot.
If u really dedicate yourself with it, you will get instant results in the sense of relaxation, peace in mind and ability to concentrate more efficiently. However if you want physical benefits it will definetly take some time. Also, if you talk about general problems like gas in stomach and like these, definetly you will get rid of problem within 1 week span.
morever, i would say keep on doing and you will surely see the benefits. Its a win-win deal.