September is a time when many start to re-evaluate their fitness routines. The leaves on the trees start their decent in the warm tones of red, orange, yellow and brown and the air feels different--not just cooler. Heading outdoors for a workout may no longer be an option depending on your cold temperature tolerance.
September also happens to be National Yoga Month. And just as yoga is an outdoor activity for some during the warmer months, there is a plethora of studios and classes to choose from as you head indoors. These tips will help you find your yoga instruction Zen.
Just as you'd do your homework when buying any product or service, you should use the same diligence and game plan when looking for a yoga instructor. Argie Tang, a New York-based yoga teacher for more than 30 years and creator of Pulse Yoga, suggests that you seek out a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, as well as someone who knows anatomy and biomechanics.
After that, find someone you are comfortable with. "There's some hands-on adjusting that I think some people may find unusual," Julie Kleinman, the director of programming of YogaWorks, a national yoga studio chain, warns. "The teacher may come around and actually touch you and move your body in a certain way."
Lastly, look for a smaller class. "It's hard for a teacher to give individual attention in some of these big classes that have 30-40 people. As you're starting, it's better to find a class in which you can get some attention, especially if you're dealing with some sort of previous injury," Tang says.
Before your first class