Practicing yoga in the company of others creates a container to build community. We all want to connect on a fundamental level, especially with like-minded people.Teaching and practicing at large festivals is a powerful experience. To move in a sea of people with the intention to raise consciousness and elevate our vibration can create a perspective shift. We may not know the person on the mat next to us, but when we move and breathe in union with others, it unifies us in a common purpose. We are all in this together. Yes it can bring up our shadow side like judgment, self-doubt, the inner critic, but what a fabulous way to see it, own it, and take responsibility to choose another path. That's why we call it a practice.
Practicing solo at home also has its merits. A DVD or online class is a helpful way to slow things down to your own pace. If you are self-conscious around other people or going through a difficult life transition, practicing alone gives you space to process, cry, even break down if you need to. Yoga opens us up to feel emotions that can be confronting and being in the safety of our own home can be comforting.