Yoga Teachers – Finding the Right One?

Yoga teachers are such a diverse group, and it goes without saying that there will be a large selection of teachers, styles and classes to choose from. With such a varied choice of Yoga Teachers to choose from it’s important that you find the one that best suits you. But where do you start?Well the simplest step is to Google “Yoga” and begin your journey. Another great source is YouTube, where there are many good instructional videos to view for free, from beginners level to advanced. A good tip is to search on YouTube for what is known in Yoga as the Sun Salutation, this routine makes up the main part of most yoga class practices. The most common style of Yoga is “Hatha” from which the other styles like Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda etc take their roots. You will know that there is more to finding a suitable Yoga class and Teacher than meets the eye. With so many websites, books and literature to trawl through. How can you decide?1. Check it out Online: Start by using all the freely available Online information to familiarise yourself with the many types of yoga, and read up on the benefits of each. If you feel that any of them will be of “Benefit to you” then contact relevant yoga teachers who offer that style of yoga in your local area. This will be your first step to walking into your first yoga class.2. Ask a Friend: If you are new to Yoga then you possibly became interested because of the positive things you have read or heard about it, or maybe noticed the benefits gained by a friend or family member who already takes a weekly yoga class. You may also be surprised at how many of your work colleagues already practice yoga, or who will know of someone who does. So ask friends, family and colleagues for a teacher recommendation.3. Take comfort: To know that most good Yoga teachers actually get most of their students through word of mouth. You will be one of many who will contact them to make enquiries. If they can’t offer you what you are seeking from attending a yoga class, they will more than gladly offer you help in finding the right class, and even point you in the direction of another suitable yoga teacher. So just phone them up, or email them and ask the questions you need answered.4. Location: Is important. A yoga studio close to local transport, underground, bus stops, or ease of parking is something to consider. We can all be stressed leaving work in a rush trying to get to our weekly yoga class for some “Relaxation”.5. Yoga: Hasn’t been helped by it’s public image of the stereotyped skinny, over bendy people, quoting their Guru, whilst pictured seemingly sitting graciously in crossed leg poses on exotic beaches, speaking of the spiritual bliss which yoga brought to their lives. But thankfully Yoga has moved with our ever changing times and it has become open to all, no matter what age, or experience.6. The best rule of thumb is: “If you enjoy the class, then return”. If you don’t enjoy the teacher or class, try another one until you are happy, and don’t worry about offending the yoga teacher, they will regularly experience students leaving to be replaced by another. It is the nature of the job. In the end, you should be really enjoying and looking forward to your weekly yoga class, after all, you’ll be paying for it, both financially, and by committing your own personal time and energy.YMH Yoga

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