How to Choose the Right Yoga Teacher
Given the variety of yoga teachers and styles available today, your chances of finding one you like are excellent. The difference is entirely dependent on the teacher.
Find the teacher, class, and style that work for you by shopping around. The majority of studios offer introductory deals that let you try out a variety of classes for a lower price; for example, 10 days for $20, one month for $50, etc. Test out various instructors and classes.
When determining whether a teacher is the right one for you, ask friends for recommendations and think about these issues. You may consider these factors when choosing your yoga teacher:
IS THE TEACHER INFORMED?
A strong teacher has the confidence to admit when they are unsure of something and knows how to find out to keep you safe and moving forward.
IS THE TEACHER ATTENTIVE?
Modifications and variations are provided for various conditions and levels by instructors who are attentive to everyone in the room. To assist you in approaching postures, they will suggest using props and providing simple steps. “Try this if your hamstrings are tight, and if this feels comfortable for you”, “add this to make it more difficult”, they advise.
IS IT A WELL-BALANCED CLASS?
Think about whether you feel stretched or overworked in a particular body part. Most classes will have a physical focus such as hip openers, twists, and backbends but a strong teacher will provide postures to offset that focus and leave students feeling balanced.
ARE YOU IMPROVING?
Find a teacher who will assist you in achieving your objectives, developing your practice, and guiding you along the way regardless of what it is that you wish to learn—inversions, meditation methods, novel breathing exercises, etc.
DOES YOUR TEACHER HONOR YOUR BOUNDARIES?
Your physical boundaries or the boundaries governing the teacher-student relationship could be an issue here. A good teacher will motivate you to push your limits rather than beyond them. Although the instructor offers guidance, she doesn’t place any personal demands on you.
Yoga instructors cannot assist you in healing from an injury, practice safely, or modify a pose if they are unaware of what is happening with your body. Inform your instructor if you have a broken ankle, hamstrings that are always tight, blood pressure problems, low back issues, or are expecting a child. Your instructor cannot grant you a medical license to practice, and they should not give you medical advice, but they should be able to make the necessary modifications and lead you through a safe practice.
DO YOU FEEL ENERGIZED AND INSPIRED?
Good teachers never push you beyond your limits, the point where you are challenged but still safe. They assist you in your practice so that you leave class feeling uplifted, encouraged, and better than when you entered.
DO YOUR PERSONALITIES FIT?
Some educators have music playing; some people don’t. Some people are humorous and lighthearted; others are spiritual and poetic; still, others are serious and disciplined. Some instructors talk a lot in class and provide a lot of instruction; others provide straightforward direction and plenty of silence.
When searching for a yoga instructor, if all of these are taken into account, you will be in good hands CBD.