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Attending yoga classes at a big studio with large groups can be something of a great importance to those who find proximity of other people motivating. Sharing a laugh with a person next to you, exchanging looks with hot guys or girls, or simply looking at someone's bad posture and improving your own can be useful and satisfactory for some people. When it comes to motivation, studio classes are better if you think about yourself as a social butterfly who is inspired most when surrounded by support or competition.
Of course, this doesn't mean you can't be motivated at home. Introverts enjoy alone time and privacy of their own homes, so if you belong to this group, classes can get over-crowded and intimidating. In the end, it should be about feeling comfortable, and yoga is all about the comfort zone.
You won't always be in mood for yoga, and that's completely normal. Not going to professional classes can be beneficial in terms of 'being your own boss' and deciding to practice by listening to your body and feelings. On the other side, skipping sessions when moody can make you sluggish and lazy in the long run. Some people hate skipping classes that they've paid for, and it often serves as motivation.
If this was a perfect world, everyone would have enough money for amazing studio yoga classes with top-notch teachers. But this isn't the case. Most people live on a budget and paying $15 and more for a single class can be little bit too much. Cheap classes are mostly not worth the time, so you can't win here if you live on a budget. Yoga studios often charge for using their mats — often quite dirty and smelly — especially if classes are being held in a gym. Invest in a good yoga mat. There are amazing free online courses, DVDs to purchase for decent prices, and many websites and articles explaining different positions and their benefits.
One of the best parts of home practice is being able to focus on your personal growth and progress. You can work on one pose or movement for the entire session. Those who trust only in sequences and Vinyasa should probably go to a studio. Teacher can never dedicate enough time to everyone to explain and show the proper movement. There are a lot of resources on the Internet to read about each position and practice it.
Having proper instructions about a new position is crucial for beginners. Experienced and knowledgeable yoga teacher not only guides but also assists with and adjusts improper positioning. It's recommended to first enlist in yoga class to learn the most important things from a professional, and later practice alone.
Yoga shouldn't be relaxing and fun if you don't want it to be this way. Some people prefer listening to music while doing their flow, but others require strong rules and supervision. Someone likes to have pause every few minutes and just lay down in Savasana (corpse pose), and others like to engage and sweat to the maximum. Wherever you are on the scale, in the end — the most important thing is to pick up the habit you feel happiest doing.