SMALL YOGA CLASSES
In my home studio I provide space for up to 8 people. While some students may find this a bit unnerving, personal attention from the yoga instructor can be great, especially for those just starting out on their yoga journey. With a smaller class size, I find it easier to attend to all students, giving them attention if needed, but also giving them space when wanted. You probably will find you can benefit from an often more relaxed environment in which you feel able to ask questions
Practicing in a smaller studio makes it easier to forge a personal connection with your yoga teacher—and the other way around. By seeing you regularly in an intimate class setting I will get to know your strengths and weaknesses. For example, I might see you struggle with balance poses but having the best downward dog in the class. Beyond your practice, I could get to know more about your personal life and what you do between yoga classes. This will then be considered during your practice.
Meeting New People
In a big studio you’re more likely to sit down on your mat and stretch out quietly before class starts. Large classes can be intimidating environments to try and make new friends. But when it’s just you and a few other people in the studio, it is probably easier to introduce yourself and share a few bits of info. It feels great to connect with fellow yogis. Who knows, you might just meet your best new yoga friend in class, or getting to know your neighbours a bit closer.
You’ll Gain Confidence
I feel like gaining confidence comes with any yoga practice as you better get to know your body. But when your instructor has noticed your improved alignment or celebrate the fact that you finally hit the pose you’ve been working on for months—because I will have witnessed how hard you’ve been working—it can give you a surge of confidence and a desire to keep improving your practice.
Of course, you could list a number of reasons why small studios aren’t perfect, limited class offerings and times, topping the list. But the pros outweigh the cons for those students that are looking for something a little more intimate, something a little more personally involved.
Whether you choose a big yoga studio or a small one is up to you and where you are in life. You might even find you enjoy both environments for different reasons. As long as you can stay open minded.