Finding a studio and a teacher that you like can be a bit like dating. A perfect match for one person may not work for another. The best way to know for sure if a class is good for you is to go to it. The Yoga Passport is a good way to explore many studios cheaply.
There are, however, some things that can help guide you. Here are some general principles:
i. Find a Studio/Class that is convenient for you. This may sound obvious, but if it is hard to get to, chances are you will not go.
ii. Choose a style that makes sense for you. Many teachers practice in a variety of different styles, or a combination of different styles, but here is a guide to help you get started. Use the following link as a reference… it is not a great place to start your search as many local studios practice a combination of styles.
1. Guide to Yoga Styles
2. Classes called “gentle,” “mellow” or “restorative” are a good bet if you are looking for a less vigorous, safer class.
3. “All levels” classes mean that beginners are welcome, but there will also be more seasoned practitioners in the room. The actual intensity of the class will vary by teacher.
4. Unless you are a very seasoned practitioner and know your body well, avoid “hot” yoga classes (including Bikram) and “power” yoga classes. Hot yoga is practiced in a room that is often heated past the point of safety for some individuals. Power yoga classes are generally geared towards those looking for an intense physical workout, and provide many opportunities for injury.
iii. Check out a teacher’s background. Though there is no “official” standard for yoga teacher qualifications, many teachers are certified through the Yoga Alliance (YA). RYT-200 means they have had at least 200 hours of training (registered yoga teacher, 200 hours), RYT-500 means at least 500 hours (registered yoga teacher, 500 hours), and an “E” in front of either of those things means the teacher has been teaching for a long time (experienced). In general, the more experienced a teacher is, the more they have seen and the more they are equipped to handle in a classroom. It is okay to ask questions about a teacher’s background.
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