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Starting a yoga class

At this time of year many people think about starting new things … including yoga … which of course I think is a very good idea!

If you’ve never done any yoga before then what do you need to think about?  Here are some thoughts for you:

What is your motivation for starting yoga? – is it part of an exercise regime – then look for a Power Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga class – you’ll often find these at gyms.  Is it to de-stress or to stop you getting stressed in the first place – then look for a hatha yoga class – these are often taught by teachers trained by the British Wheel of Yoga.  Do you want to gain or re-gain flexibility, improve posture or balance – again a hatha yoga class will be good.

How well trained is the teacher? – this is important …. there are loads of different courses of very different quality …… some teachers have trained for a few weekends … others will have done a really thorough training programme.  You want someone who knows their stuff and has been prepared to invest in a decent teacher training programme.  Ask any prospective teacher where and how they trained and also how they keep their knowledge up to date – many of the reputable teacher training schools require their teachers to undertake regular training.

Is the teacher insured to teach you yoga? – this links in with the training section above, and is another quality indicator.

If you are pregnant, then look for someone who is trained to teach pregnancy/pre-natal yoga.

Make sure you talk to the teacher in advance  Ask them about their style of teaching, what to expect in a class, what to bring etc.  Any reputable teacher will be happy to talk to you and answer your questions.

Enjoy your yoga!

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