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How to Find a Yoga Teacher

By asking the right questions, you'll find a match that's right for you.

By Richard Rosen

Also, while many teachers make manual adjustments in class—pressing on your back to help you twist, for example—always be certain that you're comfortable with the contact. And if the adjustment is too extreme or harsh, let your teacher know immediately.

Contributing editor Richard Rosen teaches yoga in Berkeley and Oakland, California.

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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.

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