So you want to start practicing yoga? Or maybe you’ve been practicing at home with videos and want to jump into group classes? Either way, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The first decision you need to make is where to practice. Making this decision can come with some trial and error; but if you take the time to explore, you’ll find a yoga studio that fits your personality, your goals, and hopefully, your budget.
With yoga growing in popularity, there are studios all over the place. More than likely, there are several in your area. When you’re trying to decide where to practice, stop by more than one studio. Not only will you get a feeling for the different environments, energies, and yogi communities, but you will get a taste of the different styles of yoga. Many studios offer new student packages, so you’ll also get to enjoy the best rates while exploring your options.
Yoga classes vary greatly depending on which style you practice. Here’s a quick overview of the styles you may see:
When you get a sense of the different styles of yoga, you’ll notice a lot of studios offer various styles in heated rooms. Hot yoga is not for everyone. Before you decide to take on a hot yoga class, have a chat with your doctor to make sure you’re up for that kind of heat.
Once you decide which style and temperature suits you best, there are some other points to consider: the studio’s schedule, for example. This one may seem obvious, but you want to make sure the studio offers classes at times that are convenient for you—not just on one day but throughout the week. That way, you allow yourself some flexibility in your yoga schedule.
Take classes with different instructors so you can get a sense of their teaching styles. You want a yoga teacher who gives clear instruction and makes you feel safe in class. They should spark your interest in the practice through whatever vehicle speaks to you most—their word choice, their sequences, or even their music selection.
A yoga teacher can make you love or hate your practice, so it’s important to find one who makes you want to come back. If you don’t love your first class, don’t give up! You may not have found a teacher who works for you yet.
The start of your yoga journey is an exciting time, so enjoy the exploration. Finding a studio that works for you is a great feeling, too. If you practice enough, you may even find that it’s a home away from home. Good luck and get searching!