7 Things to Know About Yoga Speed Dating

Yoga Couple

There’s only one place where you can get away with ask­ing a stranger about his or her favorite position—and that’s on a yoga mat.

All jokes aside, it can still be dif­fi­cult to find qual­i­ty peo­ple to date, despite the onset of online dat­ing sites. For those who pre­fer qui­et nights in the stu­dio to row­dy nights at the bar, it can be even more chal­leng­ing. Sure, yoga attracts scores of like-minded—not to men­tion, fit—people, but the silent and intrin­sic qual­i­ties of yoga are not exact­ly con­ducive to start chat­ting up a stranger.

Enter yoga speed dat­ing: this sin­gles-only style of class com­bines min­gling with a yoga prac­tice. Intrigued? Read on for more infor­ma­tion on this uncon­ven­tion­al dat­ing method.

Like a Junior High Dance
A typ­i­cal yoga speed dat­ing class begins with an equal num­ber of men and women, mats laid out one in front of the oth­er. As the class pro­gress­es, yogis and yogi­nis sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly shift their mats so that they are con­tin­u­al­ly matched with a new part­ner of the oppo­site sex.

Grab Your Part­ner
A class will often begin with an indi­vid­ual prac­tice, even­tu­al­ly shift­ing towards part­ner yoga, where posi­tions involve both mem­bers of the party.

Don’t sweat it—most class­es are care­ful to focus on posi­tions that aren’t ter­ri­bly inva­sive. Once you get past the ini­tial awk­ward­ness, part­ner yoga can actu­al­ly be quite fun!

Speak­ing of Sweat…
For­get about doing your hair and pil­ing on the make up: the fact is, a yoga speed dat­ing class, just like any yoga class, will like­ly leave you with a bit (or a lot) of a “glow”.

Skip the caked-on make up look and embrace the fact that you can go au naturel. If you’re real­ly con­cerned about your appear­ance, just put on a yoga out­fit that makes you feel like a mil­lion bucks. Don’t for­get: every­body is in the same boat.

To Talk or Not to Talk
Dif­fer­ent yoga speed dat­ing class­es have dif­fer­ent poli­cies for min­gling. Some focus entire­ly on the pose, keep­ing the con­ver­sa­tion between part­ners to a min­i­mum. Oth­ers wel­come a lit­tle noise, encour­ag­ing small talk before you head into the pos­es. Some class­es even offer prompter ques­tion with each pair­ing, help­ing to break the ice and pro­vid­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to get to know your match beyond their yoga skills.


Make Me a Match
Just like with reg­u­lar speed dat­ing, yoga speed dat­ing allows you to meet sev­er­al peo­ple in a short amount of time, giv­ing you just enough time to make a first impression.

What hap­pens after­wards depends on the class. Many include a fol­low up activity—you can join the oth­er par­tic­i­pants for a glass of wine (or coconut water) to dis­cov­er if your first impres­sions were accurate.

Oth­ers skip right to the point: after the class, sim­ply indi­cate which yogis you felt a con­nec­tion with. If they felt it, too, the stu­dio will put the two of you in touch.

I Now Pro­nounce Thee…
Yoga speed dat­ing is rel­a­tive­ly new: to date, there are no report­ed wed­ded cou­ples that have met at a ses­sion. How­ev­er, atten­dees report a bet­ter suc­cess rate for fol­low up dates than tra­di­tion­al speed dat­ing ses­sions. The fact that both par­ties share an inter­est in yoga means that there will be at least one thing to talk about on the first date!

Give it a Shot!
If you’re curi­ous about speed dat­ing, why not give it a try—at the very least, it makes for a good sto­ry. Approach yoga speed dat­ing as you would any new yoga class: with an open mind and a will­ing­ness to learn.

Yoga speed dat­ing is cur­rent­ly avail­able in many cities in the US, includ­ing Den­ver, San Fran­cis­co, New York, and Los Ange­les. Class­es are pop­ping up everywhere—even in the UK! If you can’t find one near­by, see if your favorite stu­dio is will­ing to be a pio­neer and spear­head the move­ment locally.