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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM
How do you choose what yoga classes to take?

One thing to remember is that no matter where you go, as long as your yoga instructor is certified you know that they have gone through a great deal of training to get to where they are.  CYT = Certified Yoga Teacher

There is an organization that registers yoga instructors, Yoga Alliance.  They have certain standards you must meet, plus proof of education and continuing education to become and RYT=Registerd Yoga Teacher
So lets say for example your instructor's business card says RYT200.  This means they have completed the minimum 200 hours of teacher training to become a 200 hour registered yoga teacher.
ERYT=Experienced Registered Yoga instructor which means they have exceeded the minimum by at least 500 additional hours of training.
ERYT200=registered 20 hour teacher with an additional 500 hours of training
RYT500=500 hours of training, ERYT500=500 additional hours above and beyond their 500 hour training.

This is a long way to get to the fact that as long as your instructor has had sufficient training, it shouldn't matter where they teach. A studio setting is lovely, quiet and usually picture perfect so certainly under those circumstances the classes are going to be a bit more expensive.
Gyms, community centers, co-ops etc can be more affordable, however the classes can be larger and you have to be able to look beyond where you are to what you are there for.  Sometimes the setting is nice, but sometimes it may feel institutional. 

Either way, it is not the building that makes the practice enjoyable.  It is the instructor that keeps you coming back for more.  It is the group of people you share the space with.  It is about the experience and what makes it best or most pleasant for you.

Choose your instructors wisely, and you will forever be in the best of hands.

How do you choose your classes?  

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