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Old 07-11-2009, 07:38 PM
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Just curious if anyone attends classes at a studio-type place verses a gym? I attended a class today at a Yoga studio and it was great, but of course it is WAY more expensive that joining a gym. Has anyone had experience that could compare? I am just curious if the price is worth the over all experience.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:05 PM
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It's all about finding the right instructor, less about surroundings imo.
I used to have a fantastic instructor at my gym, but she moved to a different one and also taught at a private studio. Lost contact, or else I'd make an effort to go to wherever she's teaching now.

ETA: I've been to both yoga studios and gyms for yoga classes. Don't really notice a difference in experience except in quality of the instructor.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:24 PM
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I agree that finding a good instructor is the most important part. I also found that I really detest the atmosphere at a gym, so I definitely prefer a studio.

Studio classes are also smaller (in my experience) and cater to specific skill levels (which I also appreciate so that I don't have to worry about someone new slowing down the class if I am looking for a fast-paced class on a particular day). Studios are also great for beginners because there tends to be a good amount of personal attention in beginner classes (if you need it).

For me, a studio is worthwhile just because gyms are not where I like to be.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:59 PM
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A really good instructor can cater to a range of abilities, and guides your alignment with well-placed words (make sure to square your hips forward, you should be feeling tension here, or stretching there, etc.)
I guess it depends on the gym too...I have an all-club membership and can go to any location. Some have dedicated rooms for yoga/pilates, while others share space (though not concurrently) with weights and cardio classes. I've had good experiences in both! Fallen asleep in the "relaxation" portion in both...lol...
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:25 PM
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Thanks for the replies - I just now saw this sorry!

I went to another class and really just love the instructor's at this studio so I bought a package. The atmosphere is so much more serene and the personal attention to form is fantastic. I think I will be glad I went this way. It is nice to hear that some gyms offer nice instructor's also though.

On a side note - I am amazed at how sore I am the day after a class. It feels as though I did major cardio or something the day before, which for me is fantastic b/c I know it is working!
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