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Finding Yoga in Your Area

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:01am

I am often asked this question (in fact, someone asked just yesterday) -- How do I find yoga classes and yoga workshops in my area? When I travel, I try to visit a local yoga studio just to check it out. I haven't traveled to all 50 states though, so my knowledge about the subject is a bit limited. I thought I'd share how I go about finding a local yoga class or yoga workshop when I'm hunting for one.

There are some excellent resources out there to help you find just the right yoga class for you. Keep this in mind though -- every studio and every teacher has a different style so I suggest trying a few until you find just the right fit for you. Keep and open mind and have fun sampling the yoga in your area!

  • Yoga Finderis a great resource and one that I often use. It boasts being the "largest directory."
  • iYogaLifeoffers a decent directory of yoga classes and teachers that can be searched by keyword or location.
  • Yoga Journalhas mass distribution on its side, so it has quite an extensive directory.
  • Health and Yogagoes a bit beyond the average search by offering  separate search capabilities for teachers and studios with each one broken down by location and style. They also have a Holistic Practitioner and Naturopath directory as well.
  • Wellsphereis the new (but growing) kid on the block and they do a great job of offering a wealth of local resources along with reviews. This site is a lot more than a directory -- it offers an excellent community of folks who care about their health and make wellness a priority.
  • Being Wellnessis fairly new as well, but they have a healthy directory that includes all types of holistic practitioners. 
  • Yoga Class Searchoffers free guest passes along with their searches. The downside is that you can't see the search results without divulging your personal information. That's fine if you want a guest pass, but not so great if you want to know where you're getting a guest pass to before you sign up.

This certainly isn't an exhaustive list, but it's enough to keep any yoga enthusiast busy.

If you live in an area that is sparse on yoga, check out the bulletin board at your local natural/whole food market. Often you can find local teachers that you might not find otherwise.

In addition to the specialized online resources listed above, you can also use Google (local.google.com) and/or Yahoo (local.yahoo.com) local (you can also try citysearch.com) to help you search. Simply type in yoga studio (or yoga teacher) and your city and state.

Have fun exploring!

Namaste!

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