How to choose a yoga studio?
Before introducing yoga classes, I would like to tell you about the relatively easy to choose yoga classes, which can be broadly divided into two types: "small classes" and "large classes".
Pros: High interaction with the teacher, stable practice and growth of students together.
Disadvantages: no bathroom, limited class time, inflexible make-up classes.
Although small class sizes are less flexible, each class is especially valuable to both the teacher and the students, so it is worthwhile to understand the curriculum and the feelings the teacher wants to convey to the students.
In addition, the biggest advantage of small classes is that the number of students is small, so that the teacher can focus more on each student. The classes are suitable for beginners who want to build a good yoga foundation.
Pros: Diversified curriculum, lively classes, many yoga students to meet.
Disadvantages: One to many teachers, difficult to grab classes in popular periods, compressed practice space.
Generally speaking, large chain yoga studios with more than 20 people are considered medium-sized classes, and there are also large classes with up to 40 or 50 people, usually on a fee-paying basis.
One-on-one Private Lessons
One-on-one yoga classes are highly recommended for those with special needs, such as learning individual advanced techniques or wanting a more flexible schedule.
By having a professional yoga teacher teach one-on-one in a spacious, intimate space, beginners no longer have to worry about not being able to keep up with the other students, and veterans can learn more yoga techniques from each other.
In addition to the enjoyment of space and time, the most important part of the one-on-one classes is that the teacher will design a yoga class that is tailored to your individual physical condition.
How to choose yoga classes?
I believe that many yoga beginners get stuck or even stagnate at this step before they are ready to commit to yoga.
"What kind of yoga class is best for me?"
There are many different styles of yoga, both on the ground and in the air, such as Rocket Yoga, UNIVERSAL YOGA, Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga, etc. In addition to these, there are many other forms of yoga, such as stretching and core exercises.
- Basic Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Yin Yoga
- Iyengar Yoga
Suitable for: General public, beginners of yoga.
Description: Focuses on asana and stretching of the muscles and bones
It allows the body and mind to achieve total relaxation.
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Flow Yoga
- Bikram Yoga
- Rocket yoga
Suitable for: People with at least 1-3 years of yoga experience.
Description: Higher intensity yoga requiring higher flexibility, stamina and strength.
What should I prepare for before yoga class?
Once you have chosen your yoga studio and learned about the yoga program, prepare for your first class. There are three items that you should know before you start class (because some classes require students to bring their own).
How to choose the right yoga mat for you? Materials alone include PVC (polyvinyl chloride), TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) and natural rubber, etc.
But for beginners, you can start with the "thickness" filter.
Since most of the asanas in basic classes are mainly in seated or kneeling positions, it is recommended to choose a yoga mat with a thickness of 6-8mm or more to maintain comfort and ease the discomfort of the knees and joints.