The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar
As a lifestyle of many benefits, yoga is amazing because it can be practiced in various surroundings. Three popular locations are studios, at home, or in nature — each being unique depending on the Yogi’s wants and needs.
#1 The Studio
Practicing in a studio is a wonderful way to learn from a teacher, or guru, who can provide depth and understanding in ways you may not experience with a solo practice. Studios, such as Feel Good Yoga and Pilates, tend to offer different classes to accommodate anyone from beginners to advanced students.
Studio teachers often offer adjustments and/or energy enhancements, which are both great tools for learning more about the poses and your body. Another key benefit is that you can ask the yoga teacher questions directly after the practice is over or chat with other students who may have already overcome of the same challenges.
#2 At Home
Practicing at home is a wonderful way to begin yoga, strengthen your practice and save on fees. While this practice may require more of a self-starter attitude, there are many fabulous (and free) online videos and DVD’s that teach classes for different styles and levels.
#3 The Great Outdoors
We live in a magnificent world with an infinite amount of beauty – especially here in Victoria, BC, with the mountains and oceans a short drive a way. Taking your practice into nature can be rejuvenating and balancing to the mind, body and soul.
There are a variety of yoga poses that represent wildlife and Mother Nature, so being among our inner creatures is very rewarding. Aside from the spiritual benefits of practicing in nature, there are many health benefits. Breathing in clean fresh air, and absorbing vitamin D, can lower stress and anxiety levels along with decreasing muscle tension.
As a Yogi who has practiced in all three settings, and has enjoyed each, I still personally love practicing in a studio with a teacher leading me. I encourage you to test all three out and see what works best for you.
Do you have any unique places you’ve practiced yoga? Let us know!
Editor: Sarah Head