Okay, YOU want to go to yoga, you know. WHERE you’re going to dare the mat for the first time, it’s in the stars.
Of course, you can just go and try somewhere. Or practice in your gym. There are great teachers in many gyms.
In the search for the school of trust, the following strategies have proven themselves over the years.
1. Ask your yoga friend!
Surely you also have a yoga lover or a yoga teacher in your environment, which you can easily suffer. Ask for! Ask her what’s in your area, whom she can recommend or what style she would suggest to you.
When friends ask me about good yoga schools, I usually quickly know which studio they would most like to feel comfortable with.
Tell them also, what irritates you in the yoga, then it is easier to make appropriate recommendations.
And one more thing: dare despite the recommendations a few views left and right. Even yogis tend to give their own truths in particular. Maybe there are sides or interests in you that your yoga lover does not suspect.
2. Try out several classes and teachers
Counteract the Tunnelblick with a simple method: Imagine to test different types of yoga.
For example, on online yoga portals such as www.yogaeasy.de or www.yogaglo.com,you can get an overview of the styles and what’s behind the peculiar name. From this base, you can quickly decide what appeals to you.
In real life: You can actually do trial lessons everywhere. In some studios there are also cheap 3 or 4 test cards, so you can get to know different teachers. It is important that you have the kind of teacher. If you have a stupid feeling about the person who teaches, you will not be able to accept much. Therefore stop your feeling. Not every vibe suits everyone.
3. Google and keep your eyes open
It’s good if you do not have to travel to the other end of town to get on the mat.
In other words, enter Google “your neighborhood” plus “yoga” or even better your chosen yoga style, eg “Vinyasa Yoga Neukölln”. The more accurate the search, the more accurate the results. Smaller schools are usually better offline. Many distribute leaflets in cafés or place displays on the street.
So look around your neighborhood. Your first exercise in mindfulness!
4. Visit the website of the studio
Sounds banal, but is not always self-evident: read through the website of the studios.
Look at who’s teaching where. Do you like the photos of the teachers? What do teachers say about themselves and their lessons? Which type of yoga is taught? Where is the focus in the classes? Do the lesson times fit into your everyday life? Can you afford the tickets?
5. Look over
Whether you like the energy of the place, you know when you enter the room. That’s a bit like traveling. Most of the time you can tell at the train station or at the airport if you like the place. Nevertheless, I would do the “sightseeing” in combination with a trial lesson, most of the studios have very limited opening hours. If you do not like the place, you can just go back before the class starts.
Part 3 of our Yoga for Beginners series continues with a nod to the first visit to the yoga studio. If you do not already know Part 1 of the Yoga Basics , then you should check it out right away.
How did you find your favorite yoga studio? Share your studio tips with us in the comments!