One of the great things about yoga is that it is extremely easy to customize and individualize. It’s about making connections and realizations within you.
For some people, that is done by practicing alone and for others, a yoga class is a better setting. Most yogis do both. Even yoga teachers get too busy to attend a class and end up practicing at home!
The question of whether or not yoga is better in a class or alone is a deeply personal one. And it might change depending on the day! There are benefits to both that we’ll go through.
Part of yoga is making connections- with yourself, with the earth, and with others. Yoga classes provide an opportunity to join a community. No doubt you know at least one person that has made a friend in a yoga class. Being around like-minded individuals all looking within is a wonderful experience.
It can be intimidating to walk into a room full of people – especially if you are a beginner or feel inadequate. It’s good to remember that no one is judging you and that everyone has their own limits. If you have some yoga stage fright, then a yoga class might be the perfect thing to push your comfort zone. You can find the right sized class too, whether it’s a small one with fewer than 10 or a large one with 50.
There are merits to practicing at home too. Solo yoga allows you to set your own pace or explore new styles. Practicing alone is great for people that are in a life transition, are self-conscious, or just too busy to make it to a class.
The number of yoga instructors that rarely make it to a yoga class they aren’t teaching would surprise you. It’s not that they don’t want to go; it’s just a time thing!
At the end of the day, yoga isn’t about where or whom you practice with. It’s all about making a commitment to well-being, and getting in touch with one’s self. If you only ever do classes, maybe try to do it solo at home. If you only ever practice alone, maybe try one of our classes. Yoga is about discovering aspects of yourself.
Check out our schedule today to sign up for one of our great yoga classes. See you soon. Namaste!