About Yoga

Whether you're a novice yogi still searching for the style of yoga that suits you best, or a teacher with hundreds of hours of experience, this resource center contains useful and valuable information for you about the study and practice of yoga. Learn how scholars and experienced teachers define yoga and what it means to them, get a general feel for the many lineages and styles of practice, understand the benefits of developing a regular practice, find the practice and teacher that are right for you, and even get some tips on how to select a teacher-training program.

What is Yoga?

Answering the question, “What is Yoga?” is challenging and is the subject of extensive academic and philosophical study. As the largest nonprofit supporting yoga, we offer this brief introduction to Yoga, along with perspectives from leading scholars and yogis, to help answer this question.

Types of Yoga

Yoga Alliance embraces all types of yoga. Given the wide variety of approaches available today, it can be very confusing to determine what type is right for you or your facility. On the Yoga Alliance directory, we ask our teachers and schools to help you learn about their approach to yoga by using friendly descriptions, which we’ve explained in this section.

Benefits of Yoga

Learn more about the physical and mental benefits of starting a regular yoga practice, and how it can help you cultivate greater strength, flexibility, awareness, and inner peace.

Finding the Right Yoga Teacher

Have you ever taken a yoga class that left you feeling like you didn't fit in, or given the impression that yoga isn't for you? Don’t worry, you aren't alone. The bad news is you had a less than stellar experience with yoga. The good news is you probably didn't connect with the right teacher and there are plenty more out there to choose from. In this section, Pamela Nixon of Teachasana.com shares tips for finding the right yoga teacher for you.

Becoming a Yoga Teacher

Interested in deepening your practice and taking the leap to become a yoga teacher? It is a wonderful and rewarding journey you are about to embark on. But before you hand over your credit card and make up your business cards you need to find the yoga teacher training that is right for you. With more and more trainings popping up in local studios, the decision won’t be an easy one. In this section, Pamela Nixon of Teachasana.com shares some insights on how to find the program that's the best fit for your needs and desires.
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