The yoga studio that is about to become your home should be warm, welcoming, comfortable and above all – stress free. To assist you in your search, here are five tips to help you select the perfect yoga studio that meets your individual needs:
What is your motivation, why do you practice yoga? Once you identify your needs, you can find a studio that will help you meet those needs and reach your health and fitness goals. With so many health benefits like increased flexibility and balance, more energy and decreased stress, find the studio (and class) that provides those most important to you.
Start your search online and find all of the studios in your area. Which are close, easily accessible and on your way home? A map can help you spot the studios that are convenient, if the distance is too great or the route too difficult, you will find excuses not to go. Once you identify possible locations, check each studio’s class schedules. Do they have the type of classes you desire, the styles that meet your needs? Are those classes available when YOU are available?
Hatha Yoga is best suited for beginners because of its slower pace.
Vinyasa Yoga is best for experienced exercisers because of its faster pace.
Ashtanga Yoga is best for the perfectionist who enjoys routine and strict guidelines.
Bikram Yoga is also good for those who enjoy a set routine and sequence.
Hot Yoga is great for those who love to sweat or want to increase weight loss.
Yin Yoga is best for those who need to stretch and unwind.
Restorative Yoga is slow-moving and ideal for everyone, especially beginners.
Kundalini Yoga is best suited for those searching for a more spiritual experience.
Get referrals from friends and coworkers, they may attend studios not on your list or have good (or bad) experiences with those studios you are evaluating. Check review sites for positive and negative feedback, which studios have the best reputation? Are the yoga instructors knowledgeable, registered and experienced?
You are beginning to narrow your list by location, convenience, styles and classes offered and reputation, but can you afford the per class or monthly rates? You need a yoga studio that is safe, comfortable, but also affordable.
Once you have selected your top three studios, it’s time for a visit and onsite evaluation. Is safe, convenient parking available? How do you feel as you approach and enter? Is the studio warm, comfortable and welcoming? Did the owner, yogi or staff welcome you? Choosing the perfect studio is much like choosing a perfect home.