30 Sep Choosing the Right Yoga Teacher
1. Choose a style of yoga that suits you
If you’re unsure where to start your research, an article by Yoga Journal, describing the many different styles of yoga, makes it easy. All this to say do not sign up for an Ashtanga class if you are sixty five, slightly overweight, and only want to relax, or go to a Viniyoga teacher if you are taking up yoga as an alternative to jogging or weight lifting to keep fit. If in doubt, ask to watch or participate in a class before enrolling. This gives you a chance to see for yourself if their style of teaching, and the style of yoga they teach, suits you.
2. Choose your teacher carefully.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Here are a few points you should clarify with any teacher before enrolling in his or her class:
- Do they practice themselves? How often?
- How long have they been practicing yoga?
- With whom did they train, and for how long?
Training as a yoga teacher takes a lot of time and effort. Ask your prospective new teacher about his or her training – how the teacher obtained the training, if the teacher went to a yoga teacher training school or program, and what certification(s) he or she holds.
- Are they still studying yoga?
3. Choose a teacher you respect.
The yoga student-teacher relationship should be more than a commercial or a superficial one. Make sure you study yoga with someone you can trust and respect.