Well, this blog has basically turned into a fitness blog. Don’t worry, I have lots of recipes and lifestyle stuff coming your way soon. But I better take advantage of all those Google searches for fitness things now, right?
As I’ve mentioned, finding a yoga studio in San Francisco has surprisingly been a struggle for me. I just love my yoga studio at home, Amazing Yoga (which I’m ashamed to admit I did not visit once while I was home… I’m the worst). I love Amazing Yoga – there isn’t any chanting (well, three “OMs” at the beginning and end of class, which actually allegedly stretch your vocal cords), the teachers are all awesome and I leave feeling like I actually worked out.
In San Francisco, I can’t find a studio that is hot enough, one that is hard enough or one that doesn’t have any chanting… I just don’t want to spend 10 minutes singing Sanskrit, I’m sorry. I don’t have enough time for things as it is. I’ve found one that I like well enough but not sure if I love it yet. An instructor did that weird breathing thing and I just want to do some deep breathes and bend and sweat and… why is everything more complicated on the West Coast?
Every type of yoga is obviously not for everyone. Some of my friends (hey, Jess!) LOVE Bikram, others love a more restorative practice (hi, Carly) and me? I love being sore the next day. Power Vinyasa all the way.
If you’re new to yoga, here are my tips on how to find a yoga studio:
- Try lots of types of yoga.
A lot of studios have first class free or new student discounts. Take advantage of those and try every type of yoga you can – heated, not heated, hatha, yin… the list goes on and on.
- Take advantage of free classes.
Lululemon stores always have free classes, Athleta usually does and a lot of cities do yoga in the park or yoga on the beach, etc. These are taught by local teachers and you could find an instructor who teaches at a studio nearby.
- Have an open mind.
I didn’t think I was going to like hot yoga the first time I went. Then… I was hooked. I don’t even like non-heated yoga anymore. If I hadn’t ever tried it (aka had an open mind about it), I would never know that I loved it!
- Talk to the teacher.
I took a class on Thanksgiving Day that I didn’t love. It was fine, but it wasn’t heated or very difficult. I casually mentioned to the instructor that I was looking for a studio that was heated, etc. and she suggested another studio she taught at – and gave me free passes to go! (I totally need to remember to go haha.)
- Don’t push yourself.
If you aren’t comfortable doing a pose, DON’T DO IT! If you hurt yourself or push yourself too hard, you’re going to have a bad memory of that class
- Be willing to do yoga at home.
I’ve been finding it more difficult to get to yoga than I did in Pittsburgh. Also I had an unlimited class pass at my studio so I was going as much as possible to get my money’s worth! Now if I can’t make it to a class I will maybe do some half pigeons and random poses at home to stretch out. Maybe the right yoga studio for you is your living room or deck!
If you need a little extra motivation, you might need some inspirational socks. Toe Talks sent me a bunch of their lovely socks and I wore them to do some yoga on my patio while in Pittsburgh the past two weeks (the one day it was above freezing, of course). Each pair of socks has a message… my friend is “Seek Balance” because I seem to always be at one extreme or the other! Oh, and you can really find some balance by winning a trip to Turks and Caicos sponsored by the lovely folks at Toe Talk.
The creator, Jan, was suffering through a pilates class when she looked down and wondered what her socks would say if they could talk. She realized there was a need for motivational socks… even if they are covered by your shoes, YOU know their message is there! They are comfy and cozy as well, perfect for those cold winter nights that have fallen upon us.
Toe Talk is different from every other sock because they also donate $1 from every pair to charity. Past recipients include Stand Up to Cancer, Save the Children and Best Friends Animal Society.
Do you want to try some Toe Talks to inspire your yoga practice? I’m giving away SEVEN PAIRS so you don’t have an excuse to work out… or wear clean socks. Enter below now through Sunday at midnight EST. I’ll pick a winner randomly on Monday, 1.12.
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How do you find balance in your life? Do you have any tips for finding a yoga studio?