The best thing about taking a class is that the instructor corrects everyone's alignment, ensuring the accuracy of the poses. The slightest adjustment is insightful and deepens what I'm learning. Another difference between yoga with a group versus yoga at home is that I've noticed the way I count is somewhat shorter than the instructor's. He'll say, "Hold this pose for five breaths." To me, five breaths is quick, but in yoga it's an eternity, especially when I'm twisted up like a pretzel.
I love sharing my practice in class and learning and growing and surprising myself with the things my body can do. I'm still clumsy, but the class hasn't stopped because I fell over. It's challenging and athletic with cleansing results. But my muscles still ache.