Choosing the place of practice and the yoga instructor.

Choosing the place of practice and the yoga instructor.

First, begin by realizing that there are many types of yoga (karma, bhakti, haṭha, jñāna, rāja). This is not just a physical practice. Check out some books. Its practice encompasses different techniques. According to Feuerstein, the yoga tradition book, there are at least 20 different types of yoga. It is possible to do an entire yoga class without leaving the chair, for example by practicing specific breaths or mantras. Yoga is a philosophy of life and in its practice there may be activities for the body, which provide us with flexibility, balance, health maintenance and disease management. Yoga is an essentially practical path that leads us to a refined state of consciousness. Ask yourself about what your goal is with practice. This helps you decide which yoga style best suits your body and mind. Most classes have a duration of 60 or 90 minutes and encompass different techniques.


The Instructor

The practitioners should look for a good instructor. It is a research that can take some time as there are different instructors for different types of yoga. First decide what type of yoga is right for you and then ask to participate in an experimental class (usually the first lesson is free). Talk to the instructor and ask him where he did the training. (nowadays being formed in India does not necessarily mean that training is better. There are good schools in Europe and the United States). Although some people do not think so, the instructor's academic background is also important at the time of conceptualization and explanation of complex concepts. It is one thing to know how to practice and another to know how to teach. There are currently some instructors who are dedicated to academic research on yoga. Undoubtedly a plus. Still, it is worth talking to the person to see the characteristics of the character.


Make sure the school really exists (there are internet degrees these days). You should experiment with at least 3 to 4 different instructors, preferably from different schools. Escape from the fundamentalists and from those who tell you to teach the best yoga because it does not exist! Also do not be impressed if the instructor belongs to this or that school, this or that association. This is conversation, what matters is practice. A good instructor should not be the "class star". All are equal, being different! Observe the tone of voice and the course of the class, ask your colleagues for their opinions at the end of the lesson. The instructor should not be a "cheap speech" nor a cultural entertainer, but should also not "go silent and go quiet". Suspicion of fanaticism when they impose on you in the first sentence certain rules, of the genre, "your instructor is your spiritual master," "here we teach primordial yoga," or "here we follow the lineage such and such that it is the original." This is conversation for beginners, in order to attract new students. A good instructor is not afraid of competition because he knows that it is the students who choose him and not him or her to choose the students. Seriousness, honesty, constant practice and deontology (ought to be) should be attributes of a good instructor. As with everything, personal experience and years of practice are very important. Ask if he or she does training regularly. As in all professions recycling knowledge is crucial. A yoga course taken 4 or 5 years ago may not be enough.


A graduate in physical education may not notice anything from meditation or mantras. There are no specific academic qualifications to be a yoga instructor. What counts is the mastery of the techniques taught, the knowledge to explain and the knowledge to correct, the formation effected. In addition, inexperienced or inadequately trained instructors confine themselves to teaching āsana and prāṇāyāma, because they know little else. Usually the novices opt for the price. Nothing more wrong! The best instructors often charge more, as they have invested more in their personal training, periodic retreats, and often travel to practice yoga in various locations. Remember that the role of an instructor is to teach, not to practice cheerfully at the same time as the students. Who will correct them? At first ask difficult questions, be demanding. A good instructor does not have to pretend to know everything about yoga. But after choosing accept the authority and direction of the class by the instructor and carry out the proposed techniques. A good instructor should be simple and humble, speak in clear language and accessible to all. Nothing more wrong than talking only to elites. There are no elect in yoga: we are all special, each in his own way. Yoga has existed for thousands of years and is for everyone. A yoga instructor does not add other techniques to yoga classes. Inserting reiki, chi-kung, tai-chi (with due respect for these and other practices) in the middle of a yoga class is a sign that one does not take yoga seriously. A good yoga instructor teaches yoga exclusively as these professionals teach their specialties. There are also good practitioners of these ancestral practices. Avoid syncretisms and blends if it is yoga that you really want to learn.


The place of practice

Light, smells, general appearance, accessibility, existing schedules, insects, temperature, material available as rugs and cushions, including library for student consultation are preponderant factors in choosing the venue. Start by checking that the floor is suitable for practice. Even using yoga mats there are types of flooring that are unsuitable for practice because they are slippery or cold or unsightly. Imagine a dark red brick floor or that in relaxation the light hits you directly in the eyes. How would you feel in that environment? Nor is it because there is incense to burn and images hung on the wall that the "energy" of the place is purer. True purity and balance comes from the heart of the one who is there, that is, it comes from within and not from the objects present in the classroom. Analyze and listen to what intuition tells you. Feel the place of practice. This is easy. For example, in gyms there are good instructors and good rooms, but imagine that in the room there was previously a fitness or dance class and the room stank of sweat... how will the "room" feel? Preferably opt for practice rooms dedicated exclusively to yoga. It may be difficult to find where you reside. Check it out for a gym, a gym, a massage room or therapies, and other yoga-related activities there. Are there meditation classes, yoga theme workshops? Yoga philosophy courses? So you're in the right place for serious and credible learning. Nothing better than a dedicated location. Near the place of practice does not have public transport? Keep this in mind when making a decision.



With yoga practice something will change in your life for the better. It happens too, and sometimes there are injuries, but this is an abnormal situation, especially if the instructor is good and the student follows the instructions. Sometimes, some practitioners or instructors have a tendency to force. This is wrong. In the scriptures of classical yoga it is said that asana is a firm and comfortable posture so that the practitioner must reduce the effort required in the permanence. If the practitioner does a regular practice (2 to 3 times a week) after a few months he will feel a substantial change in their flexibility, physical condition, mental peace and balance of emotions. If you can not do this, opt to practice every day for faster results. As in everything in life, how much more practice mastery over fact or situation. Write the goals to achieve with the practice of yoga. After 6 to 12 months, see if you are closer to reaching them. Find credible and achievable goals, motivate yourself for practices. Enthusiasm is important. Do not picture something like "heal me in 6 months", "make me zen in 12 months", "make the pin in 4 months". Remember that everything you have in mind is possible, but it depends solely on you and the intensity of your practice. Nothing of value is achieved without a personal effort. Do not give up just because "apparently" nothing has changed. Ask a family member or friend if you think you are different. Sometimes we have difficulty performing a serious self-analysis without overdoing it. The path of yoga is a path of persistence and dedication and each practitioner feels reality in a varied way.


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