It is only in recent history that public classes have been popularized and relevant in yoga. Many of the traditional teachings were translated orally from teacher to student. Notice the wording there – teacher to student. The recent phenomenon of public classes are a long stretch from the private teachings of previous traditions; however, there are still many benefits in taking public yoga classes. The important difference to realize is the significance of small yoga classes.
1.) Personal attention
In previous traditions, a one-on-one experience guaranteed that the practice was developed for the student. In small yoga classes this attention can still be given and evenly distributed to all students. In a class with 20+ people you will simply not be able to ensure quality or safety for all individuals.
In larger classes it’s nearly impossible to get to know other students, let alone your own teacher. Small yoga classes ensure you have the opportunity to have personal attention while getting to know your teacher. This also allows you to bring up questions and concerns about your practice without having to put your name on a waitlist.
3.) Knowing their priorities
Many studios trade the benefits of small yoga classes to create income. If a studio has small yoga classes, they are willing to give up profits in exchange for student well-being. In the yoga community, I think there is something to be said when you are willing to maintain your integrity to create a quality yoga experience for students.
In modern yoga, it’s often we get lost in a crowd. Choosing the right space for your practice can make a big difference, including an investment in small yoga classes. By choosing small yoga classes, you are ensuring a quality experience that reflects the original intentions of yoga.