How To Find A Suitable Yoga Studio or Gym
Traveling can be stressful and can put your schedule off. Sticking with a routine even when traveling is important. Knowing what to look for in a yoga studio or gym can be helpful. Travel can be exciting and finding a new place to take a yoga class can be fun for some. It can also be tricky but what happens when you aren't sure where to go or what to look for in a good studio or gym? I have had the pleasure of practicing yoga at various recreation centers, gyms and yoga studios over the years. When it comes to picking the correct place to get your om on, it really comes down to preference. It doesn't matter if you are new to yoga, it all boils down to the type of environment you prefer.
When it comes to yoga studios there are at least two or three in most towns to endless in bigger cities. It can be overwhelming trying to decide which one to choose. The things to look for are the types of yoga you are familiar with and like to practice. If you're adventurous, trying something new might be fun but can also be a let down if you aren't sure about the studio or gym. Having recommendations for new types of classes might come in handy.
If you are traveling and do not have people to talk to about a specific studio or gym reading reviews might work. The problem is that the person writing a review is not you. I know, obvious right? But really, you have preferences and expectations that someone else may not have. Therefore, reading a review or two written by someone you have no interactions with can be hard to judge, I’d recommend not going off reviews.
When it comes to finding a yoga studio or gym when I'm traveling I go off the schedule, the class description and website information (including photos). I am a yoga instructor so have experience doing most types of yoga practices. Before I was a teacher, I took classes in studios and gyms giving me experience with both situations. If you don't have a lot of experience, it can be hard to know where to take a class. Always read class and instructor descriptions.
What to do if you are completely new to yoga? Starting at a gym, with a all levels Hatha or Vinyasa class might be a little less intimidating. It can be nerve racking walking into a yoga studio for the first time, even for experienced yogis. A gym setting is usually a little less disciplined and more low key. There isn't as much focus on the theory and back stories of yoga. If there is no nervousness about going into a new studio, taking a beginning yoga class would be suitable as well.
It can be hard to find a good yoga class at a gym though. In this case, finding a gym that is pretty reputable is key. Gym's that are more well known usually try to make programing reliable so people come back. There is a chance though that the instructor is not certified in yoga specifically. So in may be important to call and ask beforehand. Group fitness instructors tend to have some training in all areas including yoga. However this is not at all the same as training from a specific yoga teaching school. In my case this is not true, because I teach a few classes in a gym setting. When I am unable to teach my regular class, sometimes the substitute instructor is not a certified yoga instructor. To be sure you are getting a certified and experienced instructor, a studio might be a better option.
Price point is also a factor when choosing your setting. I know that when I'm in a new city and know I won't be staying longer than a few days, I try to go for studios with good prices, new student deals or cheap drop in cost. Higher prices don't always equal the best classes. There are plenty of great studios with great teachers at decent prices. This is important even when you are not traveling. Being able to try different studios or gyms at a discounted rate can help you find the right place for you.
In the end, it is really up to preference when choosing a yoga studio or gym. Use the ideas and tips above to help find the ideal place for you to practice.