Finding the Right Yoga Class for You In a New City

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One of the best and most effective way to meet people people and build a new circle of friends after moving to a new city is to sign up to different classes or group activities.

And what better way to do this than by joining a yoga class and enjoy all of its many benefits.

Whether you are an experienced yogi looking for a new family to connect with, or completely new and looking for the right class to join and begin your journey, the following tips from Yoganymous are a great way to start your search:

1. Look on social media.

No matter where you look, Yoga seems to be everywhere on social media and blogs. So it seems like a logical place to start your search. From Facebook to Instagram and guest posts published on popular blogs and news sites like the Huffington Post, a quick search will probably reveal a lot about the philosophy and culture of a specific class or teacher. So make sure you do your research and find one that fits your style – almost any sizable city will have a wide array to chose from.

If you enjoy an athletic, sweaty practice, seek out a teacher who seems to value a more physically demanding class. If you are a mystic who’s drawn to a more artistic expression of your practice, don’t choose a teacher who posts about arm balances and core work. Instead, you might look for an instructor who posts about inspirational mantras, poetry, and meditation.

2. Read teacher profiles.

Any yoga studio will almost always have a website with a page dedicated to its teachers, including descriptions about what each instructor offers. This page can be a very helpful one-stop resource, especially if you’ve already decided on the studio and are narrowing down your search to the teacher whose class you want to take.

3. Ask your teachers for suggestions.

In my experience, asking my favorite teachers for class suggestions outside of my home studio has resulted in recommendations that turn out to be almost exactly what I’m looking for.

4. Read student reviews – with caution.

Remember, however, that people usually only write reviews if they had a great experience or an awful one. To be fair, I would only consider online reviews if there are a lot of them that are consistent. Otherwise, you might be missing out on a good class just because someone had one bad experience.

5. Consider style. 

If you are drawn to a specific style, consider it a great place to start looking for a class that you will enjoy. Some methods, such as Bikram and Power Vinyasa, will be very similar – if not exactly the same – at any studio with any teacher.

6. Ask around.

Whether you’re staying in one place for a couple of weeks or you’re just driving through a new town, stop into a local sports shop and talk to people about the local yoga classes.

And remember – you don’t have to pick one right away. Feel free to take your time and try as many different classes as you need – if you find a studio or teacher you like try attending their classes on different days. It’s important to find and pick a class and group that will make you feel welcome and supported.

If Yoga isn’t your thing, the same advice can easily be applied to most type of classes or activities as well – from gym membership, cooking lessons, guided meditation or Tai Chi.

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Ben Baker is the communication officer and content editor for the team here at Science of Zen. His interest in personal growth topics range from mindfulness, meditation, neuroscience, performance psychology and natural health.