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Choosing the Right Yoga Course for YOU

With an increasing number of yoga teacher training programs out there these days, do you know how to choose the right program for YOU?

Before even narrowing down which school to enroll in, the first step is knowing what styles of yoga you want to practice or teach. The only way to really know this is (drum roll) to have experienced a bunch of different styles! Yes, this sounds obvious. If you have done too little research into which program is the right fit for your needs, you may end up disappointed. You’ll need to go to a variety of classes and teachers to sample them and see what most resonates with your intentions.

If you’re looking for a strong, energetic practice and end up in a training marketed as simply “Hatha”, you might find the pace too slow and gentle for your taste, or lacks any specialized focus. On the other hand, if you have a chronic injury or physical limitation and go to an Ashtanga training then it could potentially aggravate your condition. In that case an Iyengar style course would have been more suitable.

Other questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you feel calmed by routines and repetition, or do you prefer variety and surprises?
  • Would you like to focus more on meditation, yoga philosophy, learning Sanskrit and chanting or are you more excited by the thought of studying biomechanics and anatomy in relation to your yoga practice?
  • What type of environment would best suit you?  Would you prefer being in a place that is immersed in nature, remote and free of distractions, or one that has modern amenities and is close to entertainment and activities?

Taking the time to consider these points will help you get the most out of your yoga teacher training program , avoid frustrations, and you’ll certainly enjoy it way more!

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About Vanda Manprasert

After graduating art school, Vanda pursued her childhood dream of being a travel photographer. It was during those years of traveling to photograph and write about resorts, spas, and interiors that she discovered holistic wellness and yoga scenes throughout the world.

Finding herself drawn more and more towards this balanced way of living, she decided to make it a bigger part of her life. Today Vanda is an alumni of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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