Attending weekly classes allows us to become students of yoga. Being a student of yoga and a yoga practitioner, rather than just 'dropping into a class', is a commitment to sit with ourselves. We take the time to come onto the mat, once, twice, three times a week, or even daily, to observe our habits, to notice what's happening the body, breath and mind. Alan Goode spoke about this in his weekend workshop two weeks ago. Alan noted that a yoga practice becomes a study of consciousness, rather than just a physical activity. A regular and consistent yoga practice gives us the opportunity to observe whats happening within ourselves without reacting. To watch the rise and fall of emotions rather than becoming entangled within the drama of our circumstances.
The first step on this path is to attend a class or classes. Once you are familiar with the basic asanas, it's a great idea to join Led Practice on Saturdays 7.00am-8.30am. Led Practice is not a class but provides the support of other students of yoga. We come together to practice, working at our own individual capacity. A student or teacher will lead a sequence and we all follow along. A very simple concept.
It's also a fantastic way to start the weekend. If you have 3 months experience of yoga, please feel free join the Led Practice group. You can pay casually on the day, or pay on line as you enrol for your term class(es).
One of our students gives her perspective on why we should attend Led Practice:
Why do Led practice?
Having taken some time to get my head around the idea of an early Saturday yoga practice I have become a convert. Now, like all good converts, I’m driven by a need to convince others.
But isn’t it early on a Saturday?
Yes, but you have to get up at some point and sleep is what Saturday afternoons are for. No-one ever felt worse after yoga.
I’m not good enough though…
Good enough for whom? Does it matter? Would letting going of the comparisons and competitiveness make a difference to your practice?
….and I don’t know all those hindi names!
Most of the poses you will have done before and it’s a great way to learn all the names.
If a yoga class is like going to training, then led practice is like playing the game. It’s fun, it focuses, it challenges, it reinforces, it extends, it’s non-judgemental and it gives you confidence to build on your yoga practice.