If you are finding that your yoga studios are too crowded, I recommend the website www.DoYogaWithMe.com which I do at home.
As yoga’s popularity grows, moments of Zen are harder to come by. "The number of people trying to find inner peace — or maybe just fitness and flexibility — through yoga soared to 24.3 million in 2013, a 37 percent climb in six years, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association." The number of yoga studios has also grown, but they are often reluctant to turn anyone away and some tend to pack in students "until they can’t wedge one more in."
The result can be something like yoga rage, with fights over yoga mats and floor space. "I have seen violence," says Lara Benusis, a yoga instructor in New York. "Once a crowded class begins, there are other risks. A yoga class often involves leaping into poses quickly. Limbs fly. And then there are headstands and handstands. A yoga mat typically measures just 2 by 6 feet — and that just isn’t a big enough landing pad." Some studios are addressing this by limiting class size, while others say it is really up to the teacher to keep the peace.
"A true yogi looks around to see if anyone needs help," says Michelle Carney a New York yoga teacher. "We all shimmy and move as a community," says JJ Hendershot, a Palos Verdes instructor, who thinks this can happen with mats just an inch apart. Meanwhile, at Sweat Yoga in Santa Monica, devotees can "reserve a designated mat space — much like picking a seat on an airplane." The truest insight is perhaps expressed by Niecia Staggs, a swim coach, who says: "People who are practicing yoga want Zen, they don’t already have it."