He who binds the breath, binds the mind. – Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Yoga works primarily with the energy in the body, through the science of pranayama, or energy-control. Prana means also ‘breath.’ Yoga teaches how, through breath-control, to still the mind and attain higher states of awareness. The higher teachings of yoga take one beyond techniques, and show the yogi, or yoga practitioner, how to direct his concentration in such a way as not only to harmonize human with divine consciousness, but to merge his consciousness in the Infinite. – Paramahansa Yogananda
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Do you think its easier to do yoga in a class exercise? Or by yourself or with just a friend?
Bebechick322 – In answer to your question, wearing my lawyer hat I’d say “it depends.” Each person is different and receives motivation in different ways. Some beginners at yoga may enjoy going to yoga class because that’s where they actually learn best how to do yoga. They really get into being around others and sweating out their daily cares together. Other beginners, however, dislike feeling or thinking they look stupid in front of others and prefer to teach themselves yoga out of a book or video in the safety of their own home.
I personally rarely attend any yoga classes because I sort of like just being my own yoga teacher. However, I’m sure the consistency of my practice would improve if I had the regular motivation of like-minded friends in a yoga class. It can be a difficult balance to find.