My yoga every day usually consists of a combination of lunch time yoga (I’m really fortunate to work somewhere that offers this, so obviously I jump on it), the odd new class and yoga at home.
What I love about Practicing Yoga at Home
First off: this guy. Hermes likes to hang out with me while I do yoga, or better yet, get right on my yoga mat as soon as I lay it out.
At home I can go at my own pace. I can really just focus on myself and what I’m doing and feeling. Because let’s be honest, we’re all looking at the person next to us in class. Not to say that we’re always competing, but the temptation is there.
I love that I can just put my mat down and do it. I don’t have to schedule it. I don’t have to be in the mood to do it at a certain time. I just do it when I want to.
And home practice is free. I think charging $15 for a one hour class is a little much. Extra if you have to rent a mat, which I usually do because I don’t like carrying my mat around with me. And if they have free ones they usually smell bad (especially if you go to a class that’s at a gym – always, always, always bring your own mat to a gym yoga class! Trust me on this one.)
I usually put music on as well, and I love being able to control the sounds around me.
So, to sum it up, yoga at home offers:
- Hermes hang out time
- complete selfishness in my practice
- cash money saved
- control of my surroundings
What I love about Going to a Yoga Studio
Now this is not to say that I always enjoy doing yoga at home. There are some things that a home practice can’t do.
Some people are uncomfortable with people touching them. I don’t mind. I mean, as long as they’re not creepy about it. I actually appreciate it when a teacher takes the time to adjust my position. And then I remember it and take it home with me.
Going to a class can completely take you out of your head and you just go wherever the instructor tells you. I love doing flow classes at studios. When I do it at home, I’m tempted to skip some poses (especially if I’m feeling lazy) and if I’m doing it without a guide, I have to think too much about what I’m doing to do next.
I love learning new ways of going about something. There are so many minor adjustments that can be made in yoga. Although I try new videos and podcasts regularly, it’s not the same as being in a class and having the teacher demonstrate the pose.
At home, for me, it’s about practicing the poses that I’ve already acquired. Usually from classes. So I do try to get out to a new yoga class at least once a month.
And yoga studios are lovely. The ones that I’ve been to put the effort into creating a space that is tranquil and inviting. If I’m stressed, just walking into a studio (that I’ve been to before) can make me feel calm and relaxed.
So, to sum it up, yoga at a studio offers:
- guided practice
- new ways to do things
- new poses
- relaxing ambiance
At the end of the day..
I have to say that home yoga wins.
I just love being able to do it on my own schedule and I’m at the point now in my practice that I’m challenging myself both to do new poses and to hold the tough ones longer.
What about you? Do you prefer to go to a studio or practice yoga at home?