Yoga Studios – How to Choose a Home For Yoga and Meditation
Article by Rod K. Cotner
If you are new to yoga or new to the area and looking for a new studio to call home, there are some things you need to see when choosing a yoga studio. With the increasing popularity of yoga, there has been a notable increase in the number of yoga studios and exercise facilities, which have begun to offer yoga instruction. Since yoga is an unregulated area at this time, it is important to know how to navigate the sea of yoga teachers to ensure your safety, comfort, and success. Everyone can do yoga, but there can be health risks associated. With the same care you would in choosing a health care professional, you should put in the selection of a qualified yoga professional.
When you start looking for a yoga studio, you will want to clarify what your intention is for doing yoga. Most studies report that students begin yoga because they want greater fitness. Others come because they seek a deeper integration between your body and spirit, seeking to work on the internal aspects of the physical practices. Others come because they are recovering from another sports injury and recognize that yoga can be safe and potentially therapeutic. Take a moment to answer the question, “Why do yoga? What I want from my yoga practice?”
Why are there so many different kinds of yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice. It has been developed over the years; different yoga practitioners have created their own styles. Today, it is important to know what styles match what you want from your yoga practice and style that will keep you safe from injury. For example, styles that will ensure that the alignment is correct and that you are practicing according to their fitness level, or styles that are purely for exercise, compared to connecting the physical and spiritual.
Ashtanga-based classes in a whole series of attitudes, often performed at a robust pace, which emphasize the continuity of the movement and purification.Bikram Class consists of the same 26 poses practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with humidity around 60 percent.”Iyengar Classes focus on precision and correct alignment of each posture. Props are used to help alignment. Iyengar yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga in the U.S. and Iyengar yoga styles include principles.Kripalu-The classes are very soft, focusing on mind-body awareness. Kripalu professionals emphasize the meditative aspect of the asanas.Kundalini classes emphasize rapid breathing techniques, chanting and mantra meditation. The aim is to open and awaken the kundalini energy stored in the base of the spine.Power yoga classes have a Westernized version of ashtanga yoga. Instead of setting a series of postures, however the classes vary from day to day and from study to study.Purna Iyengar Yoga classes have the precision and alignment while publicizing mild physical, mental, emotional and spiritual support to students to facilitate personal growth. This approach to yoga has the wisdom of the past and updated for future giving students real tools for healthy living.Viniyoga-Classes have a smooth and comprehensive method of yoga. Some flow is involved, but the pace is much slower than other classes.
What to ask:
Thus, we have clarified their intentions for practicing yoga, and have identified the style of yoga that most resonates with your intentions. Now is the time to pick up the phone and talk to some studios. Here are some questions that all studios should be able to respond to. If you cannot get an answer to these questions, know that you cannot be dealing with a professional oriented studio.
What to ask about the studio:
How long has your studio been open? Find a studio that has existed before the yoga trend hit big, about four years.What style of yoga do you teach? You should be well versed in the styles of yoga by now, and you can engage the representative of the study in an interesting discussion. Make sure the person on the phone can give an accurate description of the style of yoga in their studio.Do you supply any equipment or do I have to bring my own? To stay in good alignment, most studies provide props to support your body.How often is your studio and props cleaned? Cleanliness is an aspect of yoga.Do you offer workshops? It’s good to find a studio that does more than asana practice classes, offering ways they can deepen their practice in other subject areas.When are classes offered? You must be able to get to classes without being inconvenienced too.What levels of education do you provide? Make sure the classes are tailored to beginner, intermediate or advanced, as opposed to “a single level for all.” You do not want to be in a class that is not taught at your level.
What to ask the teachers:
What training do the teachers have? How detailed is their training? Make sure your teacher to be is trained in anatomy and physiology of the asanas, as well as therapeutic applications, contraindications and benefits of the asanas. Was their training repeated for several years, or simply a onetime course?Who trained the teachers? Were the teachers trained by the same person, ensuring consistency of instruction, or have they been from a variety of backgrounds? Is there a master teacher who trains the teachers in the studio, a base of study that the education stems from?How long have the teachers been practicing and teaching yoga? The experience, both in practice and teaching makes an excellent yoga professional.Do the teachers take ongoing teacher training and how often? It is vital that teachers continue to improve their skills, it also inspires their teaching and ensures growth for themselves and their students.Are teachers trained in the therapeutic applications of yoga? Does your prospect know how yoga can help heal after injury or strengthen their body through a health problem? The therapeutic benefits of yoga are so vast, that if you need it, you want to be sure that the teacher can provide it.
Putting It All Together:
Yoga is an art and a science. As an art, it is sophisticated and as complex as classical music. As science it is as complex and precise as physics. Joy is in its infinite exploration. Equipped with a greater awareness of what makes a successful yoga studio and teacher, your options should support you to move into greater joy. Go and explore the many joys and challenges from the profound art and science that is yoga.
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