Yoga at the Gym (Pro vs Con)

I find that many people in the Yoga community look down upon yoga classes that are taught in gyms. As someone who is about to begin teaching at a LA Fitness here is my Pro and Con list.

Pros:

Exercise: Most fitness club yoga classes are motion based. Since their main mission as a company is to give you a healthy lifestyle by excercising they want the class to reflect that. This doesn’t mean that all yoga classes at the gym are fully vinyasa flows, but there is more of a goal to give you that “I just worked out,” feeling.

Less Expensive: Most gym memberships come with free group fitness classes. This means that with your gym membership, the company also gives you access to yoga classes. Yoga classes in the studio are usually around $22 a class in Southern California where I am from. This means going only once a week every month is going to cost you over $80!

All levels in one: I find that as a student in a yoga class I enjoy having people at different levels. I know you aren’t suppose to be concerning yourself with others during yoga, but it’s human nature. I find that I really like when there are other students that are more advanced than where I am so I can see more difficult adjustments. This overall makes you better at the asana portion of yoga.

Cons:

Environment: A yoga studio gives you an environment that I feel is more relaxing. Often times they use essential oils, which smell yummy and help relax you. They often also can have heated rooms and offer hot yoga. Often a fitness club is full of mirrors and other workout materials, which can be distracting.

Little to no spiritual side: In a fitness club there is little to no focus on meditation. This is the side of yoga that many people in our current society need. There are so many benefits to slowing down life in a world that is full speed and expectations.

Newer instructors: This can be looked at as a pro or con. The pro of a newer instructor is that they just recently finished their school and all the information should be at top of mind. The con of this is that they more than likely have less knowledge on all the holistic elements of yoga than someone who has been instructing for years.

Peace & Love

Practice Makes Perfect?

As I begin my journey to become a yoga instructor I have been facing a lot of ammosity and disbelief. All of this just because I am unable to touch my toes (without bent knees!). In all honesty, yoga is not about just the flexibility that you have and wether you can touch your toes or not. People are often shocked that I am a yoga instructor, yet I can’t touch my toes. Well, I can touch my toes as long as my knees are bent. Yoga is also not just about your flexibility their is a spiritual and mental side to it as well.

Yoga in it’s translation means union. Yoga is the practice of the union of your body and mind. This means that you need to try to be mentally present and in the moment while you are putting your body in the strange positions also known as asanas. This is something I struggle with in every practice. I don’t know about you, but I live a fast-paced stressful life and I find it hard to step away from it for even an hour a day.

I personally do not believe that there is ever someone that is perfect at yoga. Yoga is a practice and even ancient yogis continued to practice. Just because someone can twist their bodies in funky shapes doesn’t mean they are any better at yoga than anyone else. Some people are naturally more bendy due to different bone structures. To learn more about this watch Grilley’s video on compression! It’s extremely interesting and a great lesson for anyone who is interested in yoga and practices.

Peace & Love

Why Blog?

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to give you all a little excerpt about why I have begun to create this blog. There are many reasons why I wanted to blog in the first place including being a resume booster(LOL!). But, if I was to do it for solely that reason it would just be about me not about yoga.

I have been practicing yoga on and off, a few classes here and there for the last 5 years. Recently, my passion has grown for yoga in a whole new way. Since I started college 3 years ago I found my stress levels were unusually high, and I found myself displacing that energy on those who surrounded me.

With the use of yoga I have now been able to learn to let go instead and live in the moment. Most people do not understand that yoga can bring you this, and I always try to describe it as a “mental state.” The only people who ever understand are the people who are regularly practicing. This isn’t something that happens after practicing once it’s a constant journey on learning more about yourself and becoming one with your true self.

Now I find myself practicing at the studio at least once a week depending on how busy I am with school. During summer break I went 5 days a week and that was the turning point for me. I now am on a hunt to become a yoga teacher. Currently I am signed up for Yoga Cara’s YTT in New Zealand(more on this to come!)

I hope you find all the different aspects of a yogi lifestyle as interesting as I do. I will be posting more on ways to improve your lifestyle with yoga, your practice and my overall journey!

Peace & Love