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Finding the Right Yoga Instructor for You

Tips on getting a Yoga instructor that will help you get the most from your practice

by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound  |  3266 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Finally, another thing to keep in mind is that instructors, even those who have been practicing all of their lives, aren’t perfect. They have off days. They have off weeks. Your best friend my love the same one that made you feel uncomfortable. For some people they get lucky and love the first yoga class and instructor they come to. For others it’s a harder process and may take work.

Yoga was originally conceived to help monks achieve an inner peace and to get their bodies ready for long meditations. It was taught by a guru to one student at a time. Today classes can contain as many as 20 people. You have to be the judge of whether that feels right for you. Trust your instincts, ask questions and then trust your body. Now go forth and find your teacher.


About the Author

Mandy is a voice over artist, yoga instructor and mom to 2 princesses. Not always in that order.

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4 comments so far...

  • The timing of this article couldn't be better! My youngest wants to take yoga, so we've just started looking around for a class for her. I've jotted down a few points, and now I feel much better prepared to go hunting intelligently. Thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 26th October 2007

  • wow! i had no idea there was a certain certification that required more out of the teacher. i will definitly be looking for this! i much prefer a smaller class than the 20+ in a class. i am very bendy in some ways and not others and that always throws the teacher for a loop (so far anyway!) but maybe that's because i havent found the right teacher yet :) thank you for this article!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 23rd October 2007

  • That's great! This applies to pilates, too, and I should have added that to the article! One of my fave instructors teaches both and her understanding of the body is amazing! She can take one look at you and know where you hold your tension and give you the best verbal cues to help you out. She's taught me so much.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound on 22nd October 2007

  • Mandy - so glad you wrote this. I don't do yoga, but do a lot of pilates. And I remember at first I had a lot of trouble finding the right teacher. At one point I got frustrated with myself and decided that I just wasn't cut out for this. But once I found the right instructor things just worked out really well - and I am loving my classes now!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 22nd October 2007