Why go to a yoga class if you can practice at home? There are so many reasons to get out to a class the first would be for the energy of the community. A yoga community is special. It’s a place where vulnerable hearts come together to practice yoga and to be in a place where energy is moved, harnessed and increased.
Since I’ve recently come back to teaching after a wild ride the last few years and having my daughter 5 months ago, it’s been a super sweet reunion of sorts not just with me and the students but the students and the students. It’s a hug fest before and after every class. I love that yoga can bring us together in this way, don’t get me wrong the yoga community doesn’t come without it’s own icky drama but it all seems to get put aside when mats are unrolled and AUM’s fill the space.
Another reason to get to class is that you are able to refine your practice. Although yoga teachers work hard to help you with your poses in terms of physical alignment a lot of teachers also incorporate poems, quotes, juicy little nuggets of wisdom to inspire you to a whole new level of practice for your spiritual alignment. I have found myself replaying so many soundbites from all of my teachers over the years, they are like my backup crew ready to pick me up when I’m down, give me courage when it’s tough, accept what is out of my control and to forgive myself for not being perfect and screwing up.
Since everything is an energetic vibration we need to support the studios that are there, new and old. I had my own space for 7 years and it’s a mixed bag of amazing and also so hard at the same time. Money is a vibration and when you go out to classes you help support not just that studio but the entire yoga community. Studios often have at least a few teachers so even if you didn’t connect with one teacher it’s still worth trying out a different one.
The path of yoga isn’t at all a clear path, it’s full of up and downs, moments of total bliss, heartbreaking truths, and complex human relationships between students and teachers and teachers and teachers and studio owners and students and that teachers teacher, ya follow? It’s total chaos sometimes but it’s orderly chaos! So even though yoga comes with all that it’s totally worth going.
This message was an unedited thought coxed from the depths of my heart just to express some built up energy that needed to flow again. So thanks for reading.