Find a Class That Fits Your Needs

yoga-dans-newsletter-jan-2017These days, it’s possible to learn yoga by following DVDs, online classes and even apps.  But beginners usually find it helpful to learn with an instructor.  Classes also offer a sense of community and the opportunity to make new friends.  When you find a class that sounds interesting, talk with the instructor so that you know what to expect.  Questions to ask include:

  • What are the instructor’s qualifications? Where did he or she train and how long has he or she been teaching?
  • Does the instructor have experience working with students with your needs or health concerns? If you have a sore knee or aching shoulder, can the instructor help you find poses that won’t aggravate your condition?
  • How demanding is the class? Is it suitable for beginners?  Will it be easy enough to follow along if it’s your first time?
  • What can you expect from the class? Is it aimed at your needs, such as stress management or relaxation, or is it geared toward people who want to reap other benefits?

Source:  Mayo Clinic