The More the Merrier!

New Orleans yoga is heating up, and Reyn Studios hit a record number for attendance last week!  We had over 400 of you beautiful people in our studio, what an honor!  As the classes are getting more full, it’s important to remember why practicing with other people can be a good thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I encourage you to have a self practice, but there’s nothing more energizing than hearing the breath of your neighbors to motivate you through your own practice.  This is why it’s awesome y’all:

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Top 5 Benefits of Group Yoga Practice

by Anmol Mehta

1. ENERGY!!:

Without a doubt a group yoga class a has different level of Energy.  It is palpable and easily noticeable.  This energy serves to uplift and inspire all that are participating.  This is most common feedback I get from students after a class.  This energy not only helps all the yogis during the class, but, persists even after the class to keep your level of being raised.  In fact, there are some classes where this energy is so high and so good that afterwards I can feel the after glow that it creates in everyone present.  It is quite common that you enter the class feeling lethargic and down and leave the class fully charged and vitalized.

2. More Consistency & Intensity:

As I have said many times, one of the hardest things about a yoga and meditation practice is consistency.  Many people know the well documented benefits of these giants of spiritual sciences, but, still not a significant percentage establish a strong regular practice.  This is where group yoga practice can be especially helpful.  Just get your butt to class.  That’s all.  Don’t allow the mind to deter you with its endless excuses.  The mind and body are probably going to resist your practice, becuase they are loosing their grip over you as a consequence of it.  By practicing Yoga and Meditation you are allowing your spirit to emerge, which will then govern your life and usurp the strangle hold that the mind and body have been asserting on you.  So just make it to class.  Once you are there, you will be surprised how much you will be able to do.  In a class atmosphere you will not only do your practice, but, you will do it with greater intensity.  This will go a long way in helping you integrate yoga and meditation into your lifestyle and helping you to create a consistent deep daily spiritual practice.

3. Learn for Each Other’s Experiences:

After each class we have a question answer period.  During this time students get to ask and discuss common issues and problems they are running into.  In addition to this, the students also often discuss amongst themselves their experiences and thoughts on Yoga, Meditation, Living a spiritual life etc.  This is a great way to make progress on the spiritual path.  One can learn much from the knowledge another has acquired and a group class really facilitates this.

4. Share Resources:

Music, books, DVDs etc. are all valuable components for your yoga and meditation practice and practicing in a group allows you share these resources with each other.  Give, give and then give some more.  That should be your attitude in life and you tend to find more of that in those who have discovered their spiritual dimension.  Thus, I find a group yoga class a great collection of fantastic people always willing to give and share their resources with others.

5. Make Friends With Like Minded People:

As described in the article Top 5 Changes Meditation Demands From You, yoga and meditation practice not only give you great benefits, but, in exchange require that you live up to a higher standard.  This often means making changes to your social life and people you associate it.  It all happens quite naturally actually.  In the extreme case it can even lead to changes to your life partner or just changes to your friends and acquaintances.  What a group yoga class provides is an opportunity to befriend and share your life with those who are living at a similar wave length as you.  Generally, you and your fellow yogis will have a similar high value system and will gravitate towards wholesome, holistic living.  These important commonalities often lay down the foundation for great friendships to emerge.