How to find an Inspiring Yoga Teacher ~ Nicole Capobianco
The face of yoga has definitely changed in the US since I first began practicing yoga with Lilias Folan. Lilias is known as the “First Lady of Yoga” and it was her series on PBS “Lilias” that gave me my first real experience with yoga at age 15. Now, 22 years later, yoga has proved itself to be more than a ‘popular’ approach to health and well-being. The method of yoga has been time tested and it’s principles found true, even here in the good ol’ US of A. It is here to stay and now with the ever evolving styles of yoga we all have the opportunity to find a yoga practice that suits us, in personality and purpose. So what should you look for in a yoga teacher? Here are five brief guidelines to go by.
A Yoga Alliance International certified teacher will have 200-500 hours of training under their belt. Most will have additional training in specialty techniques. It is good to be sure your Yoga instructor is YAI certified.
The general rule is, “the more the merrier”. A good rule of thumb is to ask how long they have maintained a personal yoga practice. The more time spent in the experience of yoga the greater a teachers understanding of anatomy and kinesiology will be.
One of the best ways to find a good Yoga teacher is word of mouth. Ask around.
A Yoga teachers ability to adjust to circumstances, preferences and individual needs tells you they are careful observers. This will ensure a healthy and safe Yoga practice.
5) A great Yoga teacher motivates you to Practice
An inspired Yoga teacher will naturally inspire their students. Even if you can’t touch your toes or do a handstand a good Yoga teacher will help you discover what you can do and encourage you to build on that.
Nicole Capobianco teaches an 8am "Early Bird" yoga class on Friday mornings at www.YouDoYoga.com in downtown Cincinnati.
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