There are many elements to consider when deciding between an at home yoga program and a traditional studio environment. Here’s what to think about before diving into a video subscription, or independent study.
Is At Home Yoga Just As Good?
Is practicing at home yoga just as beneficial as driving to a studio? Can a virtual teacher be just as effective as an in-person instructor? Will you feel as peaceful and enlightened after a downward dog in your kitchen, like a pigeon in a studio? The answer is complicated.
For many yogis, at home yoga is a part of their regular practice. Many people have increased their flexibility, mind-body connection, and overall well-being by practicing yoga in the comforts of their own home.
There are many different options to choose from when it comes to practicing on your own. There are hundreds of free online tutorials. Yoga classes aren’t necessarily cheap. If you can’t afford the unlimited class membership, a free Youtube video might be your best bet.
At home, you’ll also have the ability to go at your own pace. In a classroom, you may feel rushed or pressured to move at the class’s pace. However, in your own home, you can rewind a video, skip an exercise, or pause at your own will. This can be a double-edged sword. Some people need the motivation a class setting provides, while others thrive on their own.
In Person Instruction
One major draw at home yoga is the lack of supervision. If you are a beginner first starting out in yoga, you may need a teacher’s watchful eye. They’ll be able to tell when you are using incorrect form and can help you prevent injuries. If you are at home, you might be more likely to practice poor technique or have many unanswered questions.
However, if you have a strong sense of technique and form, then at home practice can be a great addition to your routine.
Lastly, any exercise is better than no exercise. If you only have 30 minutes to spare you probably won’t have enough time to commute to a yoga studio and take a class. However, you can use that 30 minutes to perform a few sun salutations in your living room. It’s always better to do even a little bit of physical activity than none.
Finally, it comes down to preference. Many students benefit from at home yoga. What do you think?