How do I choose a teacher? Is certification required?
Ask if they practice themselves and how often. Dedicated, committed teachers practice regularly four times per week. They should have been practicing yoga for at least three years prior to teaching to become effective teachers. They have certification requirements and are registered with Yoga Alliance or other approved organizations. Yoga Alliance among other governing bodies requires teachers to complete continuing education in order to remain registered.
Does the teacher have specialized skills?
If you have special needs or a particular health condition, you will want to seek out a teacher trained to work with your needs or condition. This may include prenatal yoga, senior yoga, and even kids where teachers are well- versed in the needs of their bodies for their age and conditions. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org) is the professional organization for yoga teachers who focus on therapeutic practice.
What do you need to bring to class?
Bring water, a towel, and a yoga mat. Check out Gaiam.com, sporting goods stores, or the yoga school where classes are taught for appropriate gear and props..
How often does one participate in yoga classes?
Typically, a class can be from 60 to 90 minutes once per week, and you can do your own routine of sequences for as little as 10 minutes per day.