How do I know if I am ready for advanced yoga?

If you can do the pose pictured below, you are ready for advanced yoga.

Just kidding.

I am often asked this question. And chances are if you are asking it, then you probably are.

You are ready for an advanced yoga class not when you can do fancy yoga poses but when you are able to practice mindfully. Practicing mindfully allows for practicing safely. Awareness of your body’s own limitations and listening to pain are all signs that you are ready for an advanced practice.

There are no prerequisites to participating in a class beyond beginner’s level. It doesn’t matter if you can hold crow pose (Bakasana) or not. The truth is you can even have an advanced practice in a level one class if you work on the full expression of poses. Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) can be a struggle even for seasoned practitioners.

Perhaps the best way to find out if you are ready for an advanced yoga class is to take a class yourself. I promise there won’t be any nasty surprises as long as you are listening to your body. Additionally, the teacher will be there to provide guidance and support to ensure that you get into a pose as safely as possible. I encourage you to tell the teacher that it is your first advanced class.

Don’t worry. Poses can always be modified or skipped entirely in any level class. An advanced yoga class is not about physical capabilities but a mental mind set to be body-aware.

Ultimately, only you can decide if you are ready.

When did you know you were ready for an advanced yoga class?



One Response to “How do I know if I am ready for advanced yoga?”

  1. Gregory Willard

    My wife has been doing yoga at our house for some time now, and she was telling me that she wants to do more advanced poses. I had no idea that you should try taking a class to find out if you are ready. I am sure that there is a class nearby that she can take to test her skills.


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