I had an interesting conversation with the owner of a yoga studio recently. She was discussing her concerns with online yoga classes and she didn’t feel that it was appropriate for people to do yoga by themselves off of a video or online. Her concern was the instructors in these videos just “show off” with hard poses and people potentially getting hurt from not receiving proper instruction.
The conversation eventually morphed into yoga as a lifestyle vs yoga as fitness.
In my opinion, yoga is very in vogue right now and as a result it is often considered fashionable or stylish and has become expensive. There has also been a lot of new yoga studios and instructors popping up and I feel that sometimes there is a factory of cookie cutter yoga teachers coming out with a basic amount of training and then proceeding to teach. Many studios and classes are solely focused on fitness. Now this is not always the case or is bad in any way but it is part of the reason I personally stay away from some studios.
I personally don’t find much difference for myself to do yoga online or in studio. I have done quite a bit of yoga and am aware of my capabilities, however some people may not be. But that said, people get injured in class as well from improper instruction. I do have yoga instructors I will work with individually or in a group as I need to.
I choose to mostly do daily yoga at home as a lifestyle practice. For me yoga is not just a physical practice but there are also a spiritual and social aspects that I try to practice as well. Part of that lifestyle is I don’t necessarily feel it is appropriate to pay $22+ for a studio class.
I am not intending for this discussion to be about yoga studio vs online but I am interested in other’s thoughts about yoga as a lifestyle vs a fitness program.