Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Finding the Right Yoga Class

No one is born doing yoga. That is important to remember, if you want to find the class that is right for you. 

Finding the right yoga class may take time, patience, and a sense of adventure.

If you live in a big city or in an area where yoga is very popular, you have many options to explore.   (In another post, I will write about how to find a yoga class in an area where yoga choices are limited.)

The first step is to start taking as many classes as possible, and expose yourself to different teachers, methods, and styles.   Many yoga studios and gyms have an introductory/new student special where either the first class is free or reduced, or you can pay a flat rate for as many classes as you can take in a certain number of days.  

The trick to taking classes with new teachers is to be open to a new experience. If you are an experienced yogi, as you go into the class, remind yourself that this might not be the type of class you are used to, but that you will always learn something new.  If you are inexperienced with yoga, tell yourself that this is just one yoga experience, and if it did not “fit”, you should try others.  Yoga is not a “one size fits all”.

There are different styles yoga, such as Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Bikram, and hundreds of others.  Within each style, individual teachers can have a strong influence on how you respond to the class.  

If you go to a class and are unsure if you liked it or not, go back and take another class with the same teacher. Sometimes it takes a few sessions for a teacher to grow on you. 

Remember, this is part of your personal journey through life.  What works for someone else may not be what makes you come alive!!!

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