By: Courtney Ciandella
A Message to Our Yogis:
We sacrificed our routines for the last 17 months to adapt to the “new normal” brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. We uprooted our entire lives, altering our physical worlds to operate through a computer screen to keep some normalcy in our day-to-day. As yogis, we were thankful for the option to continue our practice virtually as yoga became more of a need than ever before. Not only did our bodies crave movement while confined to our living rooms for months, but the mental benefits of the practice were a necessity to our well-being.
Thankfully, through our virtual spaces (hello, Zoom!), the yoga community could come together during a time of isolation and fear. Students could still practice from the comfort of their homes, and teachers could make some connections with their classes from afar. Knowing that nothing could disrupt us from our yoga journey was reassuring and provided peace of mind. But as life starts to shift back to pre-Covid days, it’s time to step out of our virtual bubbles and get back into the studio!
We get it - the convenience and ease of practicing at home made our routines feel effortless. But the benefits of practicing in-studio are far more significant than the virtual experience we have gotten used to. The list goes on, but here are just some of the benefits of attending classes in person.
The Instructor Can Correct Your Form
One of the main benefits of practicing in person is that the instructor can correct your form in each posture. Practicing at home was a great substitute when studios were forced to close during the lockdown, but students ran the risk of injury or simply getting in the habit of flowing through poses incorrectly. While in a studio, teachers can give individual attention to their students through verbal cues and (if you’re comfortable) hands-on adjustments.