The good news is that yoga classes have never been more widely available. You'll find them at small studios, health clubs and gyms. The hard part is finding a class that's just right for you. Studios that are dedicated to yoga also foster a more dedicated practice. The same students return to class week after week, and instructors usually follow a particular discipline of yoga. Some classes are aimed at beginners.
Whether you consider a studio or health club classes, here are some tips to find qualified instructors and classes that suit your needs:
- Define your goals. Do you have chronic back pain or other physical limitations? An Iyengar-based class, with its emphasis on proper form and use of props, would be ideal. Looking to improve concentration and reduce stress. Consider a class that incorporates meditation. Seeking a challenging workout. Try an Ashtanga class (Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another).
- Ask about the instructor's background. There is no national certification program for yoga yet, although some disciplines have their own rigorous teaching certification programs. You want an instructor who has been practicing and teaching for a long time.
- Check out the space. Look for rooms that are spacious and well ventilated. I once took a yoga class in a cramped room filled with extra gym equipment, the room was small and did not have a door, so the students heard tons of noise. The instructor was amazing but this gym was not set up for a Yoga class. Plenty of props sticky mats, straps, foam bricks, blankets and bolsters are a good sign, too. Ideally, yoga rooms are quiet, but that may not be the case in a gym setting where students have to contend with loud music and clanking weight machines.
- The last step is getting comfortable clothing for your yoga class. Remember that what you wear is super important. Having clothing that moves with you and not against you is key to a successful yoga class. Check out our store FITS4YOGA and past articles for more Yoga advice.
There are plenty of classes to choose from in an Urban city, don't feel overwhelmed by your choices. Take a deep breath and ask yourself what you want from a class and choose. Comment below and tell us what place and class you chose. Also, don't forget to grab some cool clothing from our store FITS4YOGA before you walk into your class.