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How to Choose Yoga Classes

If you've never done yoga, you may be confused by all the different styles. Follow these tips to find a yoga class tailored to your specific needs – without bending over backwards.


  • : Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
  • Step 1: Assess your goals Take stock of your physical abilities and limitations. Do you want an intense aerobic workout, as provided in a power yoga class? Or a slower, gentler, meditative style of yoga? There are classes that address both goals.
  • TIP: Many books are available that describe the various styles of yoga.
  • Step 2: Talk to the instructor Talk to an instructor. Ask whether they are certified and which styles they have studied. Discuss any special needs you have as a student.
  • Step 3: Observe a class Ask to observe a class. If allowed, note whether the teacher provides good verbal cues and whether a non-competitive environment is fostered in the class. Also note whether the teacher does hands-on adjustments.
  • Step 4: Try a few classes Try a few classes to see whether the style of yoga and the teacher agree with you. Start with a beginner's class, even if you are in excellent physical shape, and slowly progress up to more advanced levels. Get to know the teacher, the techniques, and the style of yoga being taught.
  • FACT: The earliest written records documenting yoga as a health practice are recorded in sacred texts in India that date back thousands of years.

You Will Need

  • Self-assessment
  • Instructor
  • Sample classes
  • Yoga books (optional)

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