Thank you to all the senseis and teachers who have shared thier points of view. I humbly offer a simple student's viewpoint as well.
I believe that skill progression is best served when it is something that personally fires you up (mind and spirit, as well as physically), you have personally committed time to it, and it is balanced within your whole life. I think this balance is what leads to a lifetime practice...a practice that I am only at the very beginning of starting and moving ahead!
That said, I think working out a total of 5-6 days/week is the ideal, and that classroom training, personal practice, and outside workouts (weights, yoga, stretching, cardio) all need time for a balanced body/mind.
Pre-pregnancy, my favourite schedule included weights 2-3x/week, cardio 2-3 x/week, class 2x/week, yoga and/or stretching daily...obviously, this means I paired up two of the above on most days....hoping to get back to that type of schedule as soon as doc and body allow!
Who knew recovering from surgery on your tummy could be so...challenging!
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