Should yoga be practiced on a competitive atmosphere? In my opinion, I do not think it should. Yoga is not a practice one can engage in without a course. It is a journey, which is infinite. Just the way we eat food to survive, we also need good physical workout to stay strong. The only difference between food and yoga is that the effort of not eating at all or not meeting the body's nutritional requirement, occurs in a short term while the effect from not exercising, occur in the future.
You must do everything within your power to keep fit. There are different yoga poses you can try. You can perform them at any location that suits you. It does not matter the yoga pose you are performing or the location, the most important thing is venturing into it in the first place. Regular practice provides enormous benefits to people. This is why yoga instructors would always encourage their students to practice regularly. The benefits are already there, all that is required of you is to key into it by doing your yoga pose right away.
The question now is how can someone enjoy his or her yoga classes?
1. Keep it fun
Make sure you enjoy yourself in the best possible way you can whenever you step out to practice yoga. Make sure the particular yoga pose that you step out to perform is something you enjoy doing. If the word "arm balance" makes you groan, then it is better for you to shift your perspective. The most interesting thing about yoga and life is that you they both have an asana the so much dread practicing. In some cases, these asanas that we practice are the types that we need to work on the most. In order for us to completely persuade ourselves to continue practicing these yoga asanas, we have to see and practice it as fun. You do not have to take things too serious, or push yourself too hard. Just get playful and you will surely see the results. Laugh when you fall or fail in a particular pose, and enjoy the practice.
2. Give the buddy system a try
Most times, we find it very difficult to stay self-motivated. It is very easy to overcome this dilemma, only when we are ready to. One way we can achieve such is to go ahead and practice the buddy system. When we find ourselves in situations where we become accountable to other people, we are very much likely to follow through. It might be quite easy to make the decision not to go to that afternoon, vinyasa flow class but it could be a lot more difficult to skip it when you know someone is expecting you to come there.
Remember you are not competing with anyone in your entire yoga class when you practice yoga. you are just there to make yourself look good to the best of your ability.