Scenario #1: You come to the mat, at home. You move through what (you believe) is the most therapeutic and perfect practice, on your own. How do you know this is best for you? Just because it feels good? How do you whether or not your body alignment is helping or hindering you? Because it feels good, or because it feels the same as every other time you practice? Are you aware of your breathing patterns? Do you give yourself enough time at the end for relaxation?
Scenario #2: You come to the mat, in a group class. You move through what (you believe) is the most therapeutic practice, because it’s what an instructor tells you to do. How do you know this is best for you? Because an instructor says so? How do you know if this particular practice is helping or hindering your needs? Because an instructor says so? Are you really getting the most out of your practice in a group setting, or are you simply doing what everyone else is doing?
It’s tough sometimes to really know if your are devoting your full awareness to your practice. So…..do you follow Scenario #1, or Scenario #2????
My opinion……BOTH! Getting on the mat all by yourself gives you quality, alone time for you to dig deep and find out more about yourself, all by yourself. Getting on the mat and allowing an instructor to guide you, adjust your alignment, and give subtle cues can help to ensure you’re not risking physical injury.
Today, instead of coming to the mat all by myself, I got on the mat in a class and let another wonderful instructor guide me. And it was BEAUTIFUL….
Take advantage of ALL the great things Yoga has to offer….