A little over two years ago, I wrote about the importance of practicing in different spots in the room. The idea was not to get too hung up, and too comfortable, with always practicing in a specific spot. Change your spot, I argued, and you can have a totally different class. And I still believe that. Yes, I do have favorite or preferred spots in the room, but I try to move around a bit and I do find it helps break things up a bit.
But the other day I realized that I had a favorite class time. In the past, my favorite time was the 9:00am slot. I loved coming in first thing in the morning. You get your yoga done, you shower up, you on about your day. During the summer months, or anytime when UNC isn’t in session, you could normally find me at a 9:00 class. Once the semester started back up I was going to the 4:30pm class on the weekdays and hitting the 9:00 only on weekends – for the most part.
Now that the spring semester is wrapping up, I am realizing I have little desire to return to my 9:00am weekday classes. I am kind of in love with the 4:30 weekday classes and the 9:00 weekend class schedule I have got going on. I see no reason to switch it up. No big deal, right? But then I realized that there are other time slots that I avoid like the plague if I can help it.
For example, while I have done a noon class before (once, just to see what it was like), I am not a noon class gal. I don’t like how it splits up my day. Plus, it throws my food schedule completely out of whack. I want to be having my lunch during the noon class. Unfortunately, there’s a no picnicking policy in the studio during class.
I also am not a fan of the 6:30pm class. It cuts into my dinner and makes my eating all weirded up for the day. Plus it puts me home around 8:30 and then I need to shower and eventually get to bed. I don’t want to be dealing with dinner at 8:30 at night after class.
Of course I notice a difference in how I practice at 9:00 vs. 4:30. At 9:00 I am much tighter. I think about food during both. But it makes me wonder what I am missing out on by never going to the other classes. The vibe is different in each class. When I took the noon and the 6:30 I barely recognized anyone! It was a whole new group of people to me. But for whatever reason, those times don’t jive with me. I’m not as inclined to push myself to go to them as I am to drag my mat to the other side of the room.
What about you? Do you have class times that are your favorites? Do you think it’s worth going to these non-favorite times now and then?