Yoga practice - at home or in the studio?
Updated: Apr 26
A German study by the BDY (..) from 2018 found out that 54 % of people being interviewed said they practice yoga at home, 27 % go to a studio, 24 % take part in a course at the VHS (German adult education centres) or sports clubs and 16 % use the yoga-offering at their gym.
I was actually a bit surprised by how many people practice yoga at home and in comparison, how few at a studio. Especially when these days it feels like there is a yoga studio around every corner.
I for myself, love my yoga home practice. When I first discovered yoga, I practiced with YouTube-videos at home. Back then I found yoga studios somewhat deterrent. But once yoga became more and more fascinating, I wanted to visit a studio. Until then, I didn’t actually know whether I was doing things right at home. Was my alignment of the postures even correct? It followed a phase where I went to 5 different classes at different studios with different teachers of a variety of yoga styles every week. I wanted to try all the yoga that there was in Berlin. I wanted to find ‘my’ yoga style. Even though I felt comfortable at most studios, after all, practicing at home on my own mat has stayed my favourite. It is where I feel connected with myself the most.
What I love about my self-practice at home:
100 % freedom to do exactly what my body and mind are asking for (this requires some degree of sensitivity for your own needs, note to self: train your self-awareness)
Time flexibility: I love to practice right after getting up in the mornings, generally I spend about 1,5 h on my mat, sometimes longer, sometimes only 10 minutes (still enough time for a few rounds of sun salutations or a brief meditation)
Create your own little yoga space in your room/flat
Choose your own music or enjoy the silence
What I love about practicing at a yoga studio:
The feel-good-atmosphere: there has barely ever been a studio that I went to, where I didn’t feel the vibe (this is a personal experience though)
The community-feeling: It is amazing to practice in a room full of yogis. The group dynamic is so energizing.
Leaving the outside world behind for 60-90 minutes. Whenever I come to a studio, I feel so disconnected from whatever is happening in the outside world and leave the studio feeling refreshed, ready to tackle anything again amazing
Discovering new yoga styles and teachers
How about yourself? What do you prefer? Where and how do you practice?