interstitialspaces asked: Hey Amanda (Hoping that's not too forward) - You've posted before about your love of yoga. I also know you're familiar with Boston area. I live in Somerville and am looking to pick up yoga to help my mental health. Can you recommend any good studios for a total beginner? Especially places where people won't ask about scars or physical marks. Thanks a bunch!
heya. i’m happy you asked.
NO yoga studio will ask about your scars or physical marks, unless they’re…i don’t know, terrible fucking yoga studios. yoga-land is incredibly accepting: yoga is about coming as you are and being accepted as you are. it’s not about beauty, competition, or even health - though some people package it that way. real yoga is about learning how to be at peace with what is. you will hopefully love it, it does wonders for mental health. be patient with yourself, you may not really get it until you’ve done a handful of classes. if you really don’t like the teacher or the studio…leave and find one you do. if you don’t like any of the teachers anywhere, then it’s you. one of my favorite things about traveling around trying different studios around the world is my very judgment of yoga teachers is part of the yoga: i pay really close attention to myself when i judge, why i judge, where it’s coming from.
in the end, you sort of start to see the patterns, and everything is yoga
there’s a TON of great studios in boston area, they’ve been springing up left and right for the last 5-10 years.
i’d avoid bikram - i often go but i don’t think it’s great for beginners in general.
both baptiste studios (cambridge and brookline) are really wonderful - that’s where i tend to head. the best teachers there: clare, gregor, jane, emily.
sadhana in the south end is WONDERFUL, it’s more of a little local joint as opposed to the hugeness of baptiste, and glen is one of the best teachers i’ve ever had. he teaches a long sunday morning class that is absolutely wonderful. that might be a good place to start. he goes very slowly and speaks a lot to the real yoga.
good luck dollface