Most of my practice is at home. I started a home practice out of necessity due to my all consuming schedule as a chiropractic student. Now that I have time to visit studios...I still stick to keeping to my mat at home.
These days, my yoga practice is about digging deep and facing reality. It isn't easy. It isn't pretty. It isn't hearts, flowers, and butterflies. I have dabbled in meditation...which is also none of those things. Meditation is where I face my dark side. I need to recognize the negative and patience-less part of who I am. This has been creeping into my yoga practice too.
Recently, I decided to visit a yoga class in my neighborhood. It was all peace, love, and happiness. There was pre-practice chat about how 'lovely and wonderful' meditation is. Which I kind of thought was complete crap. Meditation is hard and no one 'loves' it. There was all sorts of cozy happy talk, which just annoyed that dark side of myself that I've been facing in my practice.
Perhaps the only place I should be practicing among others is the Mysore studio. Even if people there are thinking hearts, butterflies, and flowers--they are keeping it to themselves.
Have you ever been annoyed with the fluffy side of the yoga scene, or faced your darker self in your practice?