ALL ABOUT CLASS LEVELS AND LABELS
“Do things that feed your soul, not your ego, and you will be happy.” - Anonymous
(This week's newsletter was composed by our dynamic on-demand teacher and full time writer Elinor Cohen. Check out her Instagram HERE and her amazingly empowering advanced & intermediate sessions on our on-demand archives.)
Consider the following scenario: A student says, “I’m not advanced but I want to take an advanced level class: can I? should I?”
It’s with this question that we step into a discussion about class levels and their labels: they’re there for a reason, and that is to tell students what they can expect. A level 2/3 class is designed to be harder than one for beginners. Students in advanced level classes are expected to have an understanding above the basics. Classes labeled “power” typically indicate strength and may move more quickly than those with a “slow flow” or “all levels'' label. Class labels aren’t random; they exist to indicate the pace, complexity of sequencing, and caliber of students that can be expected.
With that in mind, it’s up to you as a student to manage your expectations and be honest with yourself.
For example, if you’ve taken yoga for a number of years, know the names of the poses, and feel confident in your physical abilities, chances are you can enter most classes without it being a problem. Whether or not you’ll be able to do all the poses is another story, but most respectable teachers and studios will accept you with open arms.
Sometimes the advanced class is the only one that fits your schedule. Or maybe you really like an instructor and want to challenge yourself. In these cases, as long as you can remain physically safe to yourself and others, and you know what to expect, you should be fine.
Now on the other hand, if you’ve never taken a yoga class before, don’t know the names of the poses, or have a physical ailment that will prevent you from doing the majority of the class, it’s probably best to refrain from leveling up. This is to prevent injuries and to ensure that you actually get something valuable out of the class. After all, if you’re sitting on your mat, watching everyone else for most of the practice, what are you really getting out of it? Probably just a lot of frustration. In these cases, it would be better to take a more appropriate level class where you can participate more.
So how do you know what class level is right for you? That’s an individual decision that only you can make, but one that instructors can help with. If you’re considering trying an advanced level class but have your reservations, speak to the teacher. Ask them what it’s like and if they think you’ll be able to keep up. Also ask them to be honest. Any instructor worth their salt trustworthy instructor will be open to any modifications you need to make, but will also be transparent about their offerings.
Most importantly, whatever level class you opt for, make sure it’s the one that feels good for your body, not the one that feeds your ego.
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