A few weeks ago, students asked me what I thought made a great yoga class, asking me as a student - not a teacher
A few weeks ago, students asked me what I thought made a great yoga class, asking me as a student - not as a teacher.
I waited to answer the question because there were numerous others in the group excited to share what they felt made a great yoga experience.
Their thoughts ranged from breathing deep, having a great om, to having that good feeling of freedom from worries. My introvert nature came through, and I thought a lot about this question. It wasn’t something that I could answer off the cuff.
As a student on the yoga mat, the experience I have is a euphoric sensation of timelessness, joyfulness, and calm. It doesn’t matter if my body is tight, strong, or weak; I feel good always.
So to me, nothing outside of me makes a great yoga practice. But I have different experiences of practice based on my surroundings.
For instance, practicing in my office at night with Indra near me sleeping has an entirely different sensory experience than when I am in a group with people who are happy to be at the studio and breathing deeply. I do find the two experiences alter my energy—both positively and both differently. And I don’t prefer one experience over the other, although my extrovert nature loves the sensation of being surrounded by humans and their personalities and energy.
I love the group class. I will always practice in a group and enjoy it too. It feeds my soul on another level. I am reminded of the goodness in the world that exists outside of me, which is a beautiful gift. To answer that question, all my yoga classes, whether by myself or surrounded by like-minded people, the experience is always exceptional and makes me happy to be alive.