All across America, yoga studios are signing up hundreds of new yoga patrons every day. If you have yet to join a yoga studio, the following tips will give you some direction of how to choose the best one to satisfy your needs.
Decide what you want to gain from a yoga practice
Write down at least five benefits you want to gain from practicing yoga. If you wish to focus on increasing your upper body strength, put that on the list. If you want to meet new friends that share a similar interest as you, add that to your list. Highlight what is important to you and let that be your priority in choosing where to go for classes.
Learn about the different styles of yoga
Yoga styles are like snow flakes; there are no two alike. Each style will create a unique culture around the yoga studio. For example, a Bikram yoga studio will have a drastically different vibe than a yoga studio that primarily offers restorative, pre-natal, chair yoga, and yoga therapy classes.
Once you understand a little bit about the many styles of yoga, refer to your benefits list and search for a studio that offers classes based on your specific needs.
Inquire about the yoga teachers and their qualifications
Now that you’ve figured out what kind of yoga will work best for you, and you’ve located a few studios that offer classes to suit your needs, you will want to learn more about the teachers. Ask about their level of training, certifications, or years of experience.
Everyone deserves quality instruction, and no one should ever feel that his or her needs are not being addressed. With yoga’s popularity, many people are getting away with teaching without appropriate preparation. Knowing that the instructors take their work seriously will give you peace of mind and confidence in reaching your goals.
As with anything substantial, yoga is a lifetime investment. Respect your needs. Learn how yoga classes can differ from one to the next. Take time to make sure you are investing in a studio that values education and offers high quality instruction. You might pay a little extra, but it will be well worth the price of admission.
April 12th, 2013