There are many ways to practice yoga. When practiced regularly, and earnestly, it can give you a sense of clarity and connection. This can draw you toward healthier choices. However, whether or not this actually occurs, is largely determined by whether or not you find the right yoga teacher.
It is not uncommon for a class to have a great technical instructor but be boring. You could also attend a class that is fun but the instructor is a bit lacking in expertise. There is no standard for what makes a great yoga teacher. It takes years of personal practice, highly-developed communication skills, and an understanding of the different ways that people learn in order to become a yoga instructor. Additionally, there are some qualities you can look for when determining where and with whom to take a class.
Whether or not your instructor has attended yoga teacher training will be apparent in the way in which he or she connects with the students in the class. That means that he or she has the ability to make everyone feel comfortable and is able to make each person feels like they belong. In order to be considered a great yoga teacher, one has to be able to touch the heart of their students in some way.
Moreover, an excellent yoga instructor is also able to garner the attention of the room and have their students want to watch every move that he or she makes. One way they do so is by being focused, calm, centered, and enthusiastic. In addition to obtaining yoga certification, he or she has a plan for each class, arrives early, talks to students, and is able to create a peaceful environment before the class even begins. Additionally, he or she is able to change their plans based on the students in the class.
A good yoga instructor knows that the best way to lead is by example. He or she does not have to be the most gifted physically. However, he or she does need to have an understanding of movement, alignment, and physiology. Therefore, he or she will watch their students and make sure no one is going to get injured and that everything is done properly. Not only that, but a certified yoga instructor is one who focuses more on their students because that makes for happier students.
Finally, a good yoga teacher loves what they do and that feeling is transferred to his or her students. This is because they want to teach, they want to improve, and they want to inspire their students. A great instructor will constantly remind you that there is no such thing as perfection and that there is no destination. They will continually teach you to stay present in the moment, wherever you are.
It may take many different classes at several different studios before you find the right instructor and class for you. When you do finally find the right one, you will know.