Just imagine this scenario…
Maybe you’re new to yoga or maybe this is just a new studio for you. You walk in, sign in at the front desk, leave your shoes, mat bag, sweater, keys and phone in a cubby and head towards the studio door. Upon opening the door you realize you’re one of the first ones to class and your options are open as to which spot you choose to set up.
Where do you go?
Your options are nearly endless and you’re suddenly swept into a world of thoughts and questions and weight every option against each other. But the question remains, where is the perfect spot in a yoga class?
There’s a chance you won’t like my answer, but hang with me. The perfect spot is anywhere.
You chose to show up. You chose to bring your mat and your body and practice. It doesn’t matter where you practice, the point is that you are.
I was setting up the other day when I overheard a lady talking to her friend, who was clearly new. She suggested setting up near the back so she could watch what everyone else is doing and learn if she got confused. The lady mentioned how she did that when she first started and thought it was so helpful. Her friend grabbed her mat and set up near the back.
Now, I’m not saying I don’t agree with this, as I think it’s something that many of us do, but I challenge the logic. What about the teachers who flip the class around mid-flow and suddenly the back of the room is the front? What about the energy that exists in the middle of the room during a packed class of heated, flowing yogis? What about making yourself a little uncomfortable and setting up near the front? Or, what about just making sure the teacher knows you’re new so she can be sure to really explain the poses you’re in, how to get there, or demonstrate each one when we first get into it?
Sure, if we really broke down the set up of each studio in the entire world, I’m sure we could figure the perfect spot to practice, where you’re near the wall but not too close, or where you don’t have to walk across the whole room after class dodging sweat puddles, or where, well, I think you get the point.
And the point is that the perfect spot to practice is anywhere.
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Show up. Be Present. Breathe. And Move. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Do you have a favorite spot to practice?
Honestly, for me, I like to be in the middle of the room and within a few feet of the wall.