Eight Tips for Finding the Right Yoga Studio For You

Your quest to find­ing a yoga class that you tru­ly enjoy will not always be easy. But with a lit­tle leg­work and some stu­dio hop­ping, we’re con­fi­dent you’ll find a place that feels just right. Here’s how to do it.

Know Your (Geo­graph­i­cal) Limit
One of the eas­i­est ways to nar­row your search down is to lim­it the geo­graph­i­cal field. Ask your­self how far you’re will­ing to trav­el for yoga. If you’re rely­ing on pub­lic tran­sit, seek out the sched­ules and clos­est stops. If you’ll be dri­ving, scope out the park­ing sit­u­a­tion. You might be will­ing to go a lit­tle extra far­ther afield for the per­fect studio—but then again, if it’s too out of the way, you might be more like­ly to skip out.

Define Your Wants and Needs
Start by fig­ur­ing out what you’re look­ing to get out of your yoga prac­tice. Maybe you’re look­ing for a place that incor­po­rates the his­to­ry and phi­los­o­phy of yoga, not just the phys­i­cal asanas. Per­haps you live for a slow yin class or a restora­tive class to bal­ance out some of your oth­er activ­i­ties; if that’s a pri­or­i­ty, make sure you seek out a stu­dio that offers these classes.

Ask Your Friends
Although yoga stu­dio pref­er­ences vary from per­son to per­son, it doesn’t hurt to ask your yoga-prac­tic­ing friends what stu­dios they pre­fer. A lot of stu­dios allow their stu­dents to bring a guest to try out a class for free—this is a great way to get a taste of a stu­dio with­out hav­ing to commit.

Shop Around
On that note, plen­ty of stu­dios offer intro­duc­to­ry short-term pass­es for super cheap. These pass­es are a bril­liant option: you can test out as many class­es as pos­si­ble with­in the per­mit­ted time­frame. This lets you get a feel for the vari­ety of class­es and teach­ers at the stu­dio. When you find one that fits, you can com­mit fully.

Yoga Class

Lis­ten to Yourself
As you hop from stu­dio to stu­dio sam­pling a vari­ety of class­es, be mind­ful of the way you feel before, dur­ing, and after the class. If you feel hur­ried and pres­sured, you’ll want to keep going with your search. If you feel wel­comed, chal­lenged, and a lit­tle warm and fuzzy all over, then you might have hit the jackpot.

Meet the Teachers
Find­ing a teacher that you con­nect with can take your yoga prac­tice to new heights. Take in as many yoga events as you can to find a teacher that you like—look for kar­ma class­es, fundrais­ers, and events at com­mu­ni­ty cen­ters. If you click with a par­tic­u­lar teacher, ask where they teach and fol­low the way.

Assess the Perks
The class­es and teach­ers should be the biggest influ­ences in choos­ing the right yoga stu­dio for you, but the perks are a good way to solve a tiebreak­er. For instance, if you like to take in a class before work or between class­es, show­er facil­i­ties and a big dress­ing room are a must. If you like to ease your way in and out of class, seek out stu­dios with loung­ing areas that encour­age dawdling.

Fine-Tune the Budget
From com­mu­ni­ty cen­ters to trendy bou­tique stu­dios, you’ll find that class prices vary wide­ly from stu­dio to stu­dio. Take a moment to review your per­son­al bud­get to fig­ure out what you can afford to spend on yoga. If you fall in love with a stu­dio that’s out­side your price point, don’t dis­miss it entire­ly: some stu­dios let stu­dents enjoy free class­es in exchange for help with clean­ing and oth­er tasks.