Before I had kids, yoga used to be my life. I used to wake up at the crack of dawn and go to my favorite yoga studio in Summit, NJ almost every day. As time went on, I had to make certain sacrifices in my life that required me to give up my daily yoga routine.
Now that the kids are grown up and our business is doing well, I have decided to start getting back into my old routines, this includes yoga. It took some time but I finally found a studio, class, and instructor that I love – Exhale in Summit, NJ.
I want to share my process for finding the right yoga studio, class, and instructor for you. Enjoy!
1. Try a few different places.
It took me a little while to find a place I felt comfortable with and comfort is the name of the game when it comes to yoga. You want to have a good “gut feeling” when you walk in.
Is the yoga studio welcoming? Do they treat their clients well?
I was looking for a yoga studio that had all of this and more. What I really wanted was to find a studio that had a community. A studio with a community can deepen your meditative experience.
2. Pick an instructor you have a connection with.
The best thing you can do before making your final decision is pick up a class “package“. These usually come in 5, 10, and 20 classes. Not only are they a great way to feel out different places before committing, they allow you to meet the instructors over a period of time.
Choosing an instructor is a deeply personal decision. You should go with someone you trust, one that challenges you to push yourself as a Yogi.
The instructor should make you feel comfortable as a student and give off a warm aura.
Look for an instructor that pays attention to the details during class and offers to help even when a their class is over. This is how you know you’ve found a winner.
3. Start with an easy class.
The first mistake I made was jumping right back into the higher level class, even though I hadn’t practiced yoga in five years. Boy, was that a mistake!
Even if you are an experienced yogi, you will be working under a new teacher. This teacher may practice yoga on another level than what you are used to so it’s important to take one of their lower level classes first.
Choosing a new yoga studio isn’t easy but by putting in a little extra time and effort you can find one that you love.