There are so many yoga teachers now that one wonders: where did they all come from? And how to choose the good, and not run into an inexperienced and irresponsible instructor who will harm you?

Let's try to figure out how not to make a mistake in choosing.

1. Experience in practice and teaching. A good teacher, of course, must do yoga himself. And at least 3 years - this is the period for which you can more or less sort out the issue. If the yogaticher does not do long, or even completely retrained from a fitness trainer or choreographer, it is better to stay away from him.

2. Certificates and diplomas. The diploma is different. Find out exactly what courses the instructor took and find information on the Internet: how long did the course last, who organized, who conducted? The best courses for yoga teachers last about a year, are organized by reputable schools and have several teachers in different disciplines.

3. Knowledge. Not always a diploma speaks about knowledge and experience. Be sure to ask the teacher questions that concern you. If you have health problems - tell the teacher about them and ask how to do it right. If he cannot answer clearly or gives answers in the style: “yoga helps from everything, even from cancer”, “everything can be done to you, yoga cannot do any harm” - you are in danger!

4. Physical form. Contrary to popular belief, it is not so important that the teacher knows how to perform complex yoga poses or has a model appearance: both flexibility and constitution are determined by heredity. Not everyone is allowed to sit on the twine. More important knowledge and teaching experience. And those who easily succeeded are often bad teachers: they did not encounter difficulties. However, if the teacher clearly has an unhealthy appearance, poor posture or shortness of breath - it is hardly worth contacting him.

5. Responsibility and attentiveness. A good teacher is attentive to students: corrects mistakes, answers questions. If the teacher has never approached the whole lesson, to correct it - you have nothing to do in such a lesson.

6. Comfort in communication. It is important that you are pleasant and comfortable with the teacher. If he is rude, quick-tempered, makes you do exercises through “I can’t”, suppresses or ignores you, doesn’t make contact, you should not deal with him.

Of course, it is best to choose a teacher with whom you speak the same language: you have common goals in yoga, you understand each other well. For example, as a teacher, I like to deal with people who want to understand themselves, calm down and improve their health, and are not fond of esotericism. After all, I am a psychologist and a physician, and in general a rational person. I’ve been studying how to restore the body and psyche with the help of yoga for 15 years, and, of course, I’m interested in teaching this, and not how to sit on the twine or “clear the chakras”.