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I've attended a few classes at various studios but the classes seem all about the physical. I'm also looking for philosophy. I get the YJ newsletter and always wish there was a class or some kind of conversation to join to learn more about the wisdom being offered in the newsletter article. I don't know what to call that to find a studio that isn't just all about the poses.


I agree with camgirl. Some yoga poses are quite challenging and I think you need to listen to your body first and your teacher second to avoid injury. Hopefully the teacher could understand and respect that and if not, that is not the right teacher for me.


I have been to many, many yoga studios. I love trying new ones when I travel. What I've learned is I always appreciate a teacher who takes the time to stop and say hello, introduce him/herself, and ask if the students would like to work on anything in particular. I wish more teachers would practice these simple manners.


While I agree that it's helpful to find a yoga teacher who inspires you to keep attending class, it's important to remember that you show up to class for the teachings, NOT the teacher. Teachers are channels for the greater wisdom that comes through them, they are not personalities to fall in love with. Yes, they are powerful individuals in their own right and deserve respect, but only in how they are able to inspire their students to keep up and stay on their own paths.

Teresa Brown

It would be helpful to me if Yoga Journal would partner with Yoga Alliance and maintain a list of certified yoga instructors.


I can't emphasize enough how important it is for teachers to guide *gently* rather than forcing students into poses. I took a class once with a teacher who forced me into a place that my body simply wouldn't go, and caused pain that lasted for quite a while. If I resist moving deeper into poses, just maybe it's because that's as far as my body will go. Teachers have to honor students' knowledge of their own bodies.


Klondy, I am 40 and had a full hysterectomy last year same problems as you, loose skin, no muscle... I started yoga, slow at first and it helped so much I became a yoga teacher. It would have helped if I would have been doing yoga all along. Keep with it, go at your own pace. Try if you can find a teacher near you.

am 50 - on May 5th had a total hysterectomy - ovaries and appendix removed - now am back at work - walking almost every day for 1 hour - need to get in shape for my skin is so loose - not much muscle left - I liked yoga - should I restart now? its almost going to be 3 months - still have soreness on scar when at work - but I still go for my walks in the evenings. please advise.


Hi what kind of yoga teacher are you looking for Dev. I am from Malaysia and am a hathayoga teacher based in KL.

Dj Dev

hi all , i m dev from malaysia i just starting my buisness class , i means to add my own yoga class, please guide me how could i go futher informations about yoga teacher fro my buisness

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