Yoga is infectious… if you’re exposed to it by the right person you can easily learn the benefits of yoga.
Practiced for centuries, the benefits of yoga are well-known the world over.
Those who make a regular habit of practicing yoga experience less stress, greater relaxation, a deeper connection with their spiritual aspect, increased flexibility, an overall sense of strength, and a marked improvement in body confidence and self-image.
This kind of mind and body wellness is appealing to many people. Yet, the biggest hurdle standing between them and the plethora of mind and body benefits yoga has to offer is, more often than not, the logistics of how they practice.
That’s why it’s so important, if you’re hoping to experience the benefits yoga offers for yourself, to know exactly what to look for in a Vancouver yoga instructor.
If you’re looking for a yoga class or instructor, here are five questions you need to ask so that you can be sure you get the best results from your yoga experience.
1. “Why yoga?”
Before you commit to any exercise or wellness program, you should always ask yourself what you hope to accomplish and why you feel that specific route is the best way to go.
Whether you’re looking to teach yoga to others, gain a better understanding of yourself, or master every pose and anatomical alignment, your intentions will help you to better gauge what sort of program or instructor will be most beneficial to you.
2. “What sort of yoga do you want to practice?”
Yoga is an extremely varied practice with a wide array of styles. Figuring out which specific style you connect with gives you a superior insight into what you can gain from yoga and what you’ll be able to provide to others if you become a teacher at some point in the future.
3. “Can you do it?”
More than likely, yes, you can physically perform the necessary yoga movements, but can you work a program into your schedule? Can you readily afford your training or will it be a financial burden that adds stress to your life instead of relieving it?
A realistic perspective on the ins-and-outs of how you’ll practice goes a long way towards determining whether or not you actually will practice.
4. “Who resonates?”
As you may know or have guessed from the previous questions, a major consideration in choosing any yoga training program is how the specific instructor approaches the practice. In order to get the full benefit and excel in your practice you need to work with an instructor attuned to your needs and desires.
5. “Is the program RYS?”
RYS stands for “Registered Yoga School.” The Yoga Alliance sets the standard for the industry and regulates teacher training programs. You should always ask if your program is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance to be sure that your program— and your instructor— meets (at least) the minimum quality standard.