The importance of finding a yoga studio that fits you cannot be understated. Yoga is a never ending journey, so the right studio will not only make the journey simpler, it will also give you more reason to stay the course.
Some good yoga studios can be found in the city, for example in Toronto. It is no walk in the park, but is definitely worth the time and effort to find the right one.
Here are a two pointers on how to find the best one for you:
- Know what kind of yoga you want to take up
If you want to get your feet wet first, you can find a yoga studio that teaches Hatha yoga, which focuses more on breathing, and is where other types of yoga get their inspiration from.
Interested in getting a more physical kind of yoga? Then you are looking for Bikram yoga, where you focuse on doing specific poses within a specific time frame. Found City Yoga is an example of a studio that specializes in Bikram yoga.
- Erase all preconceived notions in your mind of how a yoga studio should look.
When searching for the right yoga studio, it is best to approach it in the mental mode of tabula rasa, an empty slate. What would work best is to divide a sheet of paper into two columns. While visiting a yoga studio, write the good things on the right column and the not so good ones on the left.
I would suggest visiting at least three yoga studios first. Once you have your list, compare them and choose the one with the most notes on the right column and the least notes on the left. If there are ties, go with your intuition or the studio with the cheapest rate.
Once that is all squared away, you can be confident that you are thoroughly prepared. I wish you the best in your search for a yoga studio that fits you.