23 December, 2014

Benefits of a studio practice

Today was vinyasa with Chelle.

I don't think it is really possible for me to get the same benefit from a home practice as from practicing in a good studio with a good teacher. That's a bold statement. It is not meant to take anything away from the commitment that has been involved in making myself roll out the mat so many times in so many places to embark on a solo practice. But there's something to be said for a teacher standing in front of you, and pushing you to your edge. The teacher isn't even necessarily the one defining what that edge is. But the environment is one in which I, for one, find it easier to seek that edge. In the home practice, there are a lot of distractions.

Chelle's definitely one of the toughest teachers I've had, but it is an extremely sensible toughness. It's not a class that hits you with a sledgehammer and makes you want to just give up and go to Child's Pose. It's a class that sets cruise control at "The Edge" and somehow makes you want to stay in it.

I think that the practicing that I do in a studio, with an instructor, will likely keep me more on track with some of the goals I have for my personal growth, than to resort only to home practices. That's part of the reason I decided to start another membership. I need the guidance. It's not the community I need. It's the teacher. I don't reject community, but it ultimately is not the reason I show up.

No comments:

Post a Comment