Advice for Beginners

How to Find the Right Path for You

There are countless paths, methods, traditions, religions, and yogas. Which should you choose? What's the best place to begin?

If you're hoping to find answers here, sorry. That's not possible. But we can suggest a few useful things to keep in mind while you ponder those questions for yourself:

  • The teacher may be more important than the tradition. If you find a teacher who has personal qualities you admire, who is genuinely kind to people, who cares about your happiness, who makes you feel the way you'd like to feel all the time -- that person may be the right teacher for you regardless of his or her tradition.
  • Awareness is an important component of many paths. You can't go wrong by being aware as much as possible.
  • Have fun. Pick something you enjoy.
  • Whichever path you choose, do it. This stuff only works if you devote yourself to it.
  • It's better to start out on some path now rather than postpone beginning while you search for the perfect path.
  • Don't worry about making a wrong choice. No matter which path you choose, you'll learn something from it. In fact, many people say you can walk on any path, and if you have the right intention, you will automatically progress toward the goal.


The application of the ancient science of Yoga to enhance health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological and spiritual.
— Joseph Lapage