4 Secrets To Finding The Yoga Class For You

As beginner of yoga you are probably going to be uncertain what to expect on your first day. This article will let you in on the four secrets to finding the right class for you.

Secret #1: Decide what you want to achieve before choosing a style.

The reasons for taking up Yoga are usually different for everyone in a Yoga class. On the whole people will be looking for one of three things – physical health, mental health or spiritual health. All three are essential and are realistic goals in a Yoga class. As a newcomer it’s worth setting some solid goals. For whatever you are trying to achieve through Yoga there is a class and style that is suitable for you. You can research in a library, online, or you would be surprised how eagerly a Yoga instructor will be available to talk over these goals, and discuss whether they are realistic or an alternative way best suits you.

Secret #2: Join a class-by-class program

These are sometimes referred to as drop in classes, or pay as you go. This is a good way of getting a feel for Yoga. There will be a regular turnover of other students in that level class.
The advantage of this method is of course that you are not committed to an expensive series of classes and you can get a taste for the different types of Yoga that interest you. You will also quickly learn whether the goals you set earlier are realistic for you, or even too easy and need expanding upon. Your next step will be to choose a series of classes in the style that you found most suitable from the drop in classes. You will build on these classes from week to week, and guess what? You may even find yourself behind if you miss a week.

Secret #3: Ensure that you are being taught by someone who knows what they are doing.

Surprisingly, with the relatively low intensity and the many physical benefits of yoga, Yoga has begun to regularly show up on the statistics for sports injuries. Two key causes are identified. Firstly, students pushing themselves too fast too soon. Secondly, instructors with inadequate training or understanding of the individual level of their students (having too many students in a class is to blame for this). When you are considering a new class, don’t be embarrassed to ask your Yoga instructor what their qualifications and background are. Many instructors have nothing more than a three-day training course in ‘gym yoga’ and many people put this in the ‘enough knowledge to be dangerous category’. Traditionally a student would train for many years under a guru before they would be considered fit to pass on even the simplest of Yoga techniques to another beginner.

The Yoga Alliance is a United States organization featuring a register of teachers who have completed ‘appropriate’ training. This means having completed courses that meet a certain standard.

Secret #4: Be aware of hidden costs.

Unpleasant surprises can put people right off Yoga, like turning up to your first class and finding out that there are expenses that you haven’t allowed for. Be sure to call the studio beforehand or check their online site to see their requirements. If you don’t have your mat, towel or water, those would be the only things you pay a small fee to use, for that particular class. Books, CDs or DVDs are optional.

Do look at this article on what to take to your first class.

Go for it.

Do I Have To Be Stretchy To Do Yoga?



Do I Have To Be Stretchy To Do Yoga?

The answer is no…

“Good yoga meets you as you are.  Any mindful yoga teacher will respect their students’ limits and ask them to do the same.” “If your body gets into those beautiful forms, it’s usually after some time and a consistent practice.”

If your first class doesn’t feel great, please keep going. “Finding the right class for you, is like clicking with a new friend.  Keep trying classes and different instructors until you meet your match.

Remember this is your yoga, not anyone else’s.”





Yoga is an amazing practice of connection through your mind, body and soul. The benefits of practicing yoga are endless and the best part is that you’re never too young or too old to begin a yoga practice.

We understand that beginning a yoga practice can be intimating; so this week  learn what to do before you walk into your first yoga class.

     1. Know the right class to go to. Do your research. Choose a Beginner’s class or a     restorative class. Walking into the wrong class your first time, you might never come

    2.Tell your teacher you’re new. They want to know you’re new to yoga.  And will guide you throughout the class without singling you out. Every teacher wants to make sure you have the best experience possible.

     3. Wear the right clothes. Something that’s comfortable and that won’t make you self-conscious. You want your clothing to be so comfortable that you don’t even think about it for an hour and a half. Clothing that you won’t have to pull down over your belly or your butt crack every time you move. Keep in mind if you’re a guy, some studios prefer that you leave your shirt on. Ask before class.

        4. Don’t eat before a class.  It’s recommended to refrain from eating two to     three hours before class so your digestion is complete before class begins. This will help you have comfortable yoga practice. If you have a very active digestive system, a light snack such as a few nuts or a partial granola bar might be tolerated 30 minutes to an hour before class.

      5. Take your shoes off. Its a sign of respect for a sacred space. Every yoga studio has a place by the front door where you can stow your shoes.

     6. Position yourself at the back of the room. You are not left feeling self-conscious like everyone is watching you. In this way you watch the more advanced yogis/yoginis.  And  you learn more by observing as you practice.

     7. Your mat is your microcosm. On it, there is no one to impress, and no one to answer to except yourself: it’s one of the only spaces we can truly call our own. One of the only places we can take risks and feel safe and supported doing so.

     8. Let your breath lead, not your ego. We were all beginners at one time. It’s important to realize that no one cares that you’re a bit wobbly, nor are they judging you.  No one wants to push you to overextend your threshold. Remember, don’t let your ego guide you into a place where you could possibly get injured.

9. Let go of thinking. Your yoga practice is your time for peace and transformation. There is no such thing as the “Best Tree Pose.” We are all unique. Our bodies are shaped differently. Your posture is yours. Own it. Never judge yourself because you aren’t “doing” a pose like the person next to you in eagle. He or she could be practicing for years. We are judged so much in our daily lives that it’s nice to find sanctuary from that. If you are practicing in a place that makes you feel judged, find another studio.

     10. If it gets to be overwhelming, come to child’s pose. You can just curl up into a ball and people will leave you alone. You always have this option. No one’s going to judge you. This is the wonderful thing, and yet another bonus of a yoga practice.

    11. Sometimes you cry in yoga.Believe us, it’s a good thing, Where else can you completely let go of all the emotional stuff locked up inside you.  Not be judged. And you walk out feeling like a million bucks.

12. Cultivate your friendliness.You’ll be among good people. Yoga studios are one of the best places to meet people. In fact, you already have one thing in common to discuss over tea.

Love and appreciate the collective energy of others practicing around you. At the same time breathe and go inwards and begin the practice of stilling the mind.

And enjoy.





Welcome to Yoga Guide in Los Angeles.  Are looking for a yoga studio or class in Los Angeles?  This is your non-stop Guide!

I know you’ve heard the term Yoga.  The body, mind and spirit connection. Stress release. Balance.  Strength and flexibility, over and over again.  Guess what?  We have also!  And it is true! Yoga is the answer to all those benefits.

If you are new or an old timer to yoga, this is the simplest way to define yoga.

The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.

What is commonly referred to as “Hatha yoga” can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word Asana, which refers to the practice of physical, postures or poses.

Do check in with us for more ways to define your love for yoga and your practice.