Sounds easy enough doesn’t it? However finding that one class that fits you like a glove can be difficult, because it’s not just finding the right teacher. It’s finding times and locations as well as the best teacher for you.
To find the right teacher isn’t just about styles of yoga, you have ashtanga, which is considered more dynamic. Iyengar uses props and is based on alignment, Sivananda is more spiritual based but has advanced postures. But after all this consideration, you still need to find an inspiring teacher.
There’s no point attending yoga classes that aren’t inspiring or challenging because it won’t bring out the best in you.
Saying that, if you want a more relaxation based class, you can still benefit from its effects on the central nervous system or spiritual basis.
With my school of yoga, we were taught the importance of making it clear what we teach. No false advertising of yourself as a teacher.
I teach very physical classes, because I have seen the positive benefits gained from a challenging yoga practice, in body, mind and soul. It’s character building as well as strength developing. I make a point to tell all my potential students that it is not a relaxation based class.
First thing you need to consider is what do you want from a class? Are you looking for a relaxation based yoga practice or more physical. More spiritually based? Somewhere in between? So many choices you have to start with.
Once you have decided that, you can start to look for teachers in your area, or as far as you are willing to travel.
You can converse with the teacher first, to see if they are offering what you are looking for.
When you have decided on a suitable day and time, it’s best to just go and get started. Participate in the class, hopefully you enjoy it and go back again, if for any reason you didn’t enjoy it, you carry on looking.
The class you should choose to join, is one that is offering what you want and one that you feel comfortable in. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t last long enough to feel the benefits.
If you don’t feel comfortable you may have an issue with the teaching. In which case, you can’t learn from an instructor you are not a hundred percent trusting of. You will be reluctant to take their instruction, which will cause disruptions in class.
Don’t confuse being uncomfortable with a lack of confidence, they are two different things. By uncomfortable, I mean, in their teachings, are they characteristically what you are looking for and with the same life path in which you can see yourself?
Different people react differently to different teaching methods. I myself react better to a strong teacher with a greater presence and more discipline. Others may prefer a quieter, more subtle approach. Either way is good depending on which style you react best to.
Once you find that class, with suitable days and times, make it a habit to join regularly. And by regularly I mean a very minimum of once a week. I practice yoga daily and when I take too long off between practices I notice the difference, not only in flexibility but in my mind set.
It’s too easy to miss classes, then make excuses, then forget about them altogether. Then complain that you have aches and pains and don’t feel energetic enough to do anything!
When you practice yoga it needs to be constant, it is an ever developing, inspiring discipline. Not a fad or a seasonal past time. It’s only through a regular practice that you will advance in yoga.
Yes it takes time and dedication to establish steady progress, but hopefully you will enjoy the journey. I have only ever known yoga as a passion, so I find it hard to relate to those who don’t absolutely love the pants off it.
However, we are all unique and have different personalities and interests, which is what makes us who we are. So don’t ever feel pressurised into practicing, if you start to lose interest, it’s OK, you can return to the mat when you re ready.