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It is not hard to be drawn to the allure of yoga. Promises of instant zen, toned body, lengthy limbs – it is enough to get you to sign up for a class pass instantly.

But before you buy, make sure you shop around for the best studio that fits your needs. We suggest trying a few classes at different studios before you commit. Because let’s be honest, you want to feel nothing but love in the studio you select.

Ask yourself these questions before you commit:
Is it convenient?
Do you connect with the teacher?
Do you like the style?

Is it convenient?
Let’s face it, convenience is key to consistency. If you have to drive more than 15 minutes to attend a class, you might just opt out. Choose a studio that is close to home or work, to lessen the effort of getting to class.

Do you connect with the teacher?
You must connect with the teacher! If not, you might find their every word leads you closer towards angry than ahhhh! Connecting with a teacher may be as simple as loving their playlist or as technical as knowing specific ques for proper body alignment.

Do you like the style?
With so many different styles of yoga to practice, explore them all and often. Vinyasa, yin, restorative, hot – the list goes on and on. Don’t just stop at one!

Now that you have a path to select your perfect yoga studio, let’s clarify a few myths that still might be holding you back from starting your yoga practice.

Yoga is not a religious practice or cult.

Yoga is not a superpower.

Yoga is not a competition.

Yoga is not about the poses.

You do not have to be flexible

You don’t have to chant, burn incense, or change who you are.

Not convinced? Check out Bad Yogi Official, Erin Motz, as she debunks a few more myths for Yoga Journal, about starting a yoga practice and becoming a yogi! Together, we will get you on your mat.

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