Many reasons can leave you searching for a new yoga studio. You may have moved to a new area, and now trying to find a number of new service providers. It can be a stressful process and a time that you will require your practice the most. Here are some tips on finding the perfect studio, and what to look for during your search.
The best way to find a good studio for your practice is to ask for places that your yogi mates like. A good place to start your search is to ask your current yoga instructors if they have anyone in the area they would recommend. You can also ask your friends or other people in the area for recommendations. A recommendation can ensure the place you are checking up meets their standards. It might not be the place for you, but at least you won’t be wasting your time on a place that is not going to suit you at all.
Check for Online Reviews
Another way to find a studio is to do a web search for yoga studios in the area you are looking. This will give you an idea of what is in the area. A studio that has mostly positive reviews is a great place to check out. Keep in mind that many reviews can be skewed, and one person’s bad experience might not be representative of the general nature of a place. This can also be said for overly positive reviews as well; the most representative reviews are usually moderate.
Visit Their Website
When you have a few places that might suit you, the next step is to check it out. The internet is going to be a great tool for this. Most studios will have a great deal of information on what they offer, and their staff. They usually have a mission statement or similar, so you can get an idea of what they are about. When you find a couple of them that seem promising you can take the time to go visit in person.
This is the most important step, the in-person feel of the space and the people is going to make or break a studio for you. It is important to meet some of the staff, see the facilities, and get an idea of the atmosphere to get a feel for the studio.
To recap, the first thing to do is find a list of places that might fit you. Family, friends, and other yogis are a great way to find recommendations. Internet searches can help you out too. Keep in mind that all online reviews are not always representative, so read them with a grain of salt. Check out potential studios’ websites to get a feeling for what they offer, and visit in-person only ones that appear to fit with your needs. Even after a successful in-person visit, be wary of signing any long-term contract; testing out a studio for a month or so is a great, low-risk way to really make sure the studio fits you and your practice.