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Practicing Yoga at a Yoga Center or at Home


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There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to practice Yoga in your home or at a Yoga Center. The decision may ultimately be based upon which type or style of Yoga you select to perform as there are certain types and styles of Yoga that are best suited for a Yoga center.

Obviously, styles such as hot yoga (which require a carefully controlled setting to emulate the temperature and humidity conditions of India) may require you to go to the Yoga center from time to time. In addition, Yoga can be very difficult to master as a beginner. There is no problem with taking a few classes at a Yoga center and then flying solo from then on. In fact, this is actually an important point to consider if you have never performed Yoga in the past.

There are many benefits of deciding to work at a Yoga Center. These centers are specially designed to give you the proper training to perform the movements required by Yoga.

If you are unsure of your technique or form and could benefit from some help, a Yoga center could be your best option. If you are uncomfortable around other people or do not feel ready to work with other people while doing your poses, you may consider working out at home. This article will list both the benefits and costs of either approach.

Benefits of Practicing at a Yoga Center


  • Group Support: People do not usually attend Yoga classes to criticize other participants. The true practice of the teachings of Yoga would not permit it.

    Most experiences at a Yoga center will be positive reinforcement and aid from your teacher and other, more experienced students. Having a tight group that you see every week to exercise can be helpful in keeping you on schedule and not losing motivation.

  • Visual Aids: It is true that there are many books and videos that you can utilize to help you perform Yoga poses at home. However, nothing compares to attending classes where an instructor not only demonstrates poses but can help you if your pose is not quite right. Yoga poses are much more effective if they are done correctly and to their full potential.

    In fact, some poses require near perfection to have any effect at all. Having visual aids and a nearby instructor can have vast benefits on the effectiveness of every pose that you perform in Yoga.

  • Calming Environment: Many people cannot focus at home. In addition, if you have several children, it may be impossible to get some peace and quiet. Yoga centers are specifically designed to be peaceful and calming environments.

    In addition, the only purpose of a Yoga center is for Yoga. This means that there are far less distractions and a much greater ability to concentrate on meditation, breathing and the poses that you perform.

Costs of Practicing at a Yoga Center


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  • Membership Dues: When you exercise at a Yoga center, it is usually not free. The typical class can cost about $15 if you buy 10 class bundles.

    There may also be monthly or annual fees just to use the Yoga center on a regular basis. These fees can add up over the long run so it is important to make sure that you include them in you decision making process.

    If you would like to work out at a yoga center, be prepared to write a few checks. Before being turned off by having to pay money, consider the benefits of using a yoga center and weigh them against the price.

  • Shyness: You may be very shy about your body or be unsure about yourself when first beginning Yoga classes. In order to be truly effective, you must be able to focus on the poses and your mind without being concerned about your body or he body beside you.

    For this reason, beginners of Yoga that do not feel comfortable with other people may want to consider practicing at home. You may practice at home until you feel comfortable working with other people. Some people find that bringing a friend to class can be helpful in taking focus off of strangers.

  • Schedule: Although Yoga centers typically offer many classes at different times, there a very few that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some people find that they can focus much easier at different times of the day.

    If your prime focus time does not coincide with a session, your classes may end up being counterproductive. Having to adhere to a schedule can be difficult for some people. If that is the case with you, you may want to consider practicing at home.

Benefits of Practicing at Home


  • Cheap: You may want to invest in some videos, books and proper equipment, but otherwise practicing Yoga at home is free. People that are turned off by the cost of a membership or classes may find it much more economically viable to practice at home.

    In addition, sessions performed at home with videos will easily pay themselves off over a long period of time. If you feel like you are learning enough from videos or books, you may not feel the need to make the continuous investment required when employing an instructor.

  • Private: If you are shy about practicing in front of other people because you are unfamiliar with poses or not confident with your body, home practicing can be a welcome and private venue. Many people choose to workout at home until they feel comfortable working with other people.

    They may even start having Yoga parties of their own until they are comfortable working with strangers. In this case, practicing Yoga at home could be the best option.

  • Schedule: You have the ability to make your own schedule when you practice Yoga at home. Due to its quiet nature, you may even be able to practice very late at night if you need to. Not having to adhere to class schedules can be a very welcome benefit for busy people.

    In addition, you may even decide to attend a few classes every month as a refresher on proper form and do the rest of your sessions at home. Whatever you do, practicing at home is certainly a break for your weekly planner.

Cost of Practicing at Home


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  • Lack of Group Support: Support from other people may be something from which you truly benefit. If you practice at home, you may be missing out on a great way to stay motivated and adhere to an exercise program.

    Some individuals thrive on watching others perform the various poses or measuring themselves against the other participant's performance. If you are one of those individuals, you may want to avoid practicing Yoga at home.

  • Lack of Strong Visual Aids: While Yoga books and videos are certainly excellent resources that you have at your disposal, nothing compares to having an instructor that will not only demonstrate poses but can help you if your pose is not quite right.

    Yoga poses are much more effective if they are done correctly and to their full potential. In fact, some poses require near perfection to have any effect at all. Having visual aids and a nearby instructor can have vast benefits on the effectiveness of every pose that you perform in Yoga.

  • Lack of a Calming Environment: As previously mentioned, if your home is not a quiet and calming environment when you decide to perform your Yoga sessions, you may find that practicing at home can be difficult, if not impossible. Yoga centers are specifically designed to be peaceful and calming environments.

    In addition, the only purpose of a Yoga center is for Yoga. This means that there are far less distractions and a much greater ability to concentrate on meditation, breathing and the poses that you perform.

The Decision is Ultimately Up to You


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As can be seen, there are actually quite a few things to consider when deciding whether to perform your Yoga routine at your home or at a Yoga center. While there may be several items to consider the decision is really up to you and which approach you feel the most comfortable with.

Yoga has been practiced by millions of individuals from all over the world for thousands of years and the physical and mental benefits associated with regularly performing Yoga have been well documented.

To this end, the most important thing to remember is that regularly performing a Yoga routine will promote good health, fitness, mental well-being, and an overall positive lifestyle .

This being said, ultimately the most important item is that you begin a yoga routine, perform the routine with a high level of regularity, and remain open-minded to learning new Yoga types and styles. By doing so, you will experience the greatest level of benefits as you will continually keep your body off-balance by placing varying demands on your body, both physically and mentally.