PS Shira wrote an incredible blog post answering all of the questions I had! I’m so thankful that she took her time answering the questions I had so specifically.
Thank you for all the incredible comments on today’s earlier blog post! I’m happy to report that I went to my first class today… and loved it. I kept where I was planning to go vague in my previous post because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it.
I had researched a bit and decided on Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side. There are a BUNCH of studios around my neighborhood. I first walked around an looked at the different places within walking distance. Most had fliers outside with the schedule and website links. (I also looked a lot up on Yelp.) Pure Yoga was not one that I was considering highly pre-research.
These were the things I took into account while comparing the different studios.
– Walking distance from apartment
– Different levels
– More than one room (so more than one class could be going on)
– Spacious rooms or classes that aren’t packed*
More Minor Considerations:
– Pricing packages
– Responsiveness of staff**
– Overall “vibe”
* I took one hot yoga class while at Georgetown and it wasn’t the best situation. One crowded room that was PACKED with people. When the guy next to me stretched and his sweat started dripping on my mat, I knew I would never go back. (There was about half of inch between each mat and mine was soaked by the end… from his sweat.)
** A handful of studios looked promising from the outside, but the websites weren’t great and I couldn’t get a call back from a receptionist.
I can’t really make any judgment calls on if I’m a converted person or not just yet. However, I thought I’d share my first time experience with you… in the case that it might help someone else out get the courage to go for the first time, too.
Pure Yoga’s first class is free so I had been emailing with an advisor beforehand. I told her my experience (minimal) and what I was looking for in a class (no idea) and my schedule (flexible). She recommended an hour and a half Yin/Yang class for Level 1s.
She met me right at the front desk, showed me where to put my things (I can’t tell you why, but this was a big worry of mine?!), walked me around the entire place, and then my first class began! It was the perfect class to start off with.. I felt like I could do everything well-enough, but not perfectly. I looked around the room a bit to make sure I was matching up with everyone else and the teacher. I left the room feeling more relaxed and two inches taller.
The best part and the most convincing part for me was how nice everyone was at the front desk. The girls were around the same age as me and excited to share who their favorite instructor was! And they marked up a schedule with classes they love/recommend.