" How do I find the right yoga class for me?" An important question as there are a variety of classes, styles and teachers to choose from. Yoga, is a practice to create harmony between the body, mind and spirit.
There are 8 steps to achieve this harmony.
1. Yama: Universal Morality
2. Niyama: Personal Moralities
3. Asanas: Postures
4. Pranayama: Breathing Techniques
5. Pratyhara: Control of the senses
6. Dharana: Creating inner awareness
7. Dhyana: Meditation
8. Samadhi: Connection with the Divine
What I have written is just the basic. There is no exact order. It depends on an individual's state of being or path he or she is on. A lot of focus is spent on the Asanas or in simple terms body exercises. There are many approaches to the practice of yoga and different styles or methods of this practice.
No matter the type of yoga they all lead to same benefits. Below are some basic pointers in finding a class that would suit you. (These are my own experiences) These points have helped me in finding what works for me. The first step is to recognize that yoga is an individual practice and to acknowledge that NO two people have the same body, strength, flexibility or needs.
Find a few yoga studios that are in driving or walking distance form your home or your office. Look for classes (timings) that work with your schedule or your budget. Talk to the manager of the studio and let them know that you would like to try out some classes.
They may suggest a teacher or class. Also have a word with the instructor and find out what her/his approach is when teaching, credentials, how long he/she has been teaching at that studio etc. Place yourself somewhere in the middle of the room or where you feel comfortable. You want to be able to see and hear your instructor. During the class do go at your own pace(if you are new) try to be aware of how you feel/ connect with the instructor (verbal instruction, demonstration, modifications of poses, connection, presence) We and our yoga practice are always changing. At different stages we seek different practices so be open in trying out different styles and teachers. We are lucky that we have a huge variety of instructors and styles at our fingertips!
Submitted by Yogalife on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 16:52