When I hear this phrase in one of my classes, at the end of working into a fairly taxing main posture, it sets me to wondering why we go to a class to do something we could equally well accomplish at home. Practising in the comfort of your own home means you can do yoga at any time that suits. You can do exactly which postures you like and in the colder months you don’t have to brave the wind and rain to get there. It’s cheaper and you don’t miss out if you can’t attend a session. Hmmm. It’s starting to sound like I am trying to do myself out of a job!
Despite all the benefits of practising at home, so many of us (myself included!) prefer to attend a regular class instead. So what is it that makes a yoga class special? Although yoga is essentially a personal and individual experience, there is something more enjoyable about participating in a group. Of course, there is the social aspect; you may attend the class with a friend, or get to know others who regularly go to that session. There is a united camaraderie in working together in postures you are like or are less keen on (but know are good for you!) and motivation to be had in seeing the efforts of others. Personally, I enjoy abdicating responsibility for the structure of the session to someone else. In a group class, you are guided through a series of postures that have been planned to work and stretch all parts of the body as you move towards the pinnacle of the main posture for that session. The mind doesn’t need to worry about what to do next and you can really let go, just focussing on the breath and coming into each moment as it unfolds.
Tempted? There are still spaces for after the break, starting from 4th November. So if you are dithering about joining a class, why not give it a try?