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whats your best advices to a newb?

YogaNewbie2010-07-04 15:30:21 +0000 #1
I would like to know what's your best advices to a newb when preparing to learn yoga. What are the most important things I need to know?

Are there any danger factor? This is so new to me and Im afraid to fail and give up.

Thanks.

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I would like to know also which are the best techniques for a beginner like me, and why?
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 15:44:27 +0000 #2
I had two students in class tonight who had never taken a yoga class before - ever. And so they showed up together to go through the process. It was very sweet.

I don't think new folks should get all that much advice. How can you advise someone on something they have no idea about, have never tried, and is so vast. How would I advise a kindergartner about 12 years of education?

However, if there were one morsel that might be the germinating seed, to me it would be direction on how to find the right practice, venue and teacher for that person. Just as you place a kindergartner in the right school then let them go.

So I suggest choosing four of the local studios, determine in what style or lineage they teach (ask them, read their web site, talk to friends), find the style that seems to suit your intentions for pursuing yoga, then call and ask four questions of each of the studios. I like these four though you can pick your own.

1. What is your teaching philosophy?

2. In what ways are your teachers trained (hours of training, continuing education, certifications)

3. Does the practice cover asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy?

4. How should I expect my life to reflect my practice (over time)?

Hear their answers and feel their tone. Or feel their answers and hear their tone.

Narrow the list to two. Take five classes at each studio with at least three different teachers at each place. Then pick one.

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