So this is what I usually tell people. If you are thinking about yoga…go for it. There are varying styles, teachers, and studio settings that might (or might not) appeal to you. Of course you can always come to my weekly class, but I want to make sure you have more guidance.
Benefits: They are infinite. For me, I feel more grounded. It supports awareness and mindfulness. Aids my digestion and helps me breathe fully. It’s great for building strength and flexibility. It’s fun!
You can read about other benefits all over the internet. I recommend taking a look at Yoga Alliance‘s “Reasons to Try Yoga” and Yoga Month‘s “Yoga Health Benefits” list. Their list is great because it share the commonly known benefits and supplies the research-based evidence of the health benefits.
Getting started: Depending on their studio set-up, a studio may offer offer a beginner series of classes, free classes a week before their session begins, or a “newbie” pass. Or something like that. I like taking advantage of these because you get a chance to experience different studios and instructors. Although I have been practicing yoga for 10+ years, I still take advantage of free classes and passes. When you go, try any class that doesn’t specifically indicate it is for advanced practice. Studios are generally friendly, so you can also call the studio in advance to ask for their recommendation.
The first step is to let go and come try it out. Use this time to experiment
You can always switch up studios or styles. There are many styles of yoga to choose from. I used to practice Anusara stylefor about 4+ years, then I started trying others styles more often. As most style yield similar (if not the same) benefits to me, I practice what ever works for me at the time. I am formally training Hatha/Vinyasa style yoga (also known as Flow.)
Studios in your area: You can ask around for recommendations or check newspapers (…or even a phone book! vintage). Many gyms and community centers also have gyms. You can also search for studios/classes in your area by using a directory. Below, I’ve listed online directories for DC Metro people and then directories for my global folks.
Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association Directory: http://mayayoga.org
Welcome OM DC: http://www.welcomeomdc.com
Studios located in US and Global:
Yoga Journal Directory: http://www.yogajournal.com/directory
Yoga Finder: http://www.yogafinder.com
MindBody Finder: http://www.mindbodyfinder.com
So there you go. This is not all-inclusive, but I think it’s a starting point. Hope to see you at my weekly Tuesday evening class. Happy yoga finding!
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Takeyah A. Young, Life Balance Expert, Speaker, Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Certified Yoga Instructor, specializes in helping motivated, successful women leaders create vitality in and bring balance back to their lives.
The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.