Posted by: birdmaddgirl | 1 November 2011

5 questions to ask yourself before you yoga

i’ve been practicing yoga off and on for about ten years now. and especially since my teacher training, i have friends and acquaintances and co-workers who ask me where they should take yoga. typically, they want to know where i go and that’s it.

let me put this out there, universe. if i am going to be your free yoga consultant, you are going to have to give it some thought. with that in mind, here is a list of 5 things to ask yourself before you try a yoga class (or ask your awesome yogi friends for advice):

  1. why are you interested in yoga? physical fitness? injury rehab? personal growth? which leads to….
  2. what style of class would suit your current needs? athletic? gentle? how much anatomy or spirituality do you want?
  3. how important are location and time to you? are you willing to travel? are you looking for morning classes? weekends?
  4. how much are you willing to pay for a class?
  5. do you want a gym atmosphere? something more communal?
i could add to this list, but 5 is a good place to start. people don’t always realize that there are many varieties of yoga out there. trying one class is like trying one flavor of ice cream. you might hate pecan praline but love mint fudge. it doesn’t mean you hate ice cream. if you can articulate what you want to get out of yoga, then it is much more likely that you are going to be able to find it, either with the guidance of your yogi friends or through your own trial-and-error. and maybe yoga isn’t for you; it isn’t for everyone. but at least you can say why. 
yogis tend to dork out on talking about anything even vaguely yoga related. we will keep on going long after your eyes have glazed over and you’re regretting that you started this anatomical sanskrit mess. and we do want to help you find your true yoga love, if you have one. so mine your yogi friends for their expertise, but do so mindfully.


  1. Great list! I would add to this “What are you afraid of? What’s been keeping you from trying a class?” and then try to address that with the teacher before you begin (an injury, lack of experience with body movement/athletics, insecurity).

    • great addition!

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